By Nick Gerhardt

Jordan’s Scott Hollingsworth has played for the Brewers for as long, if not longer than some of his teammates have lived.

The feat isn’t uncommon for amateur baseball in Minnesota. What is uncommon is Hollingsworth’s string of consecutive appearances in the state tournament.

Hollingsworth began his amateur baseball career with Jordan back in 2001. He’s appeared in the state tournament every year for the past 23 years. He sits tied for third on the list of most consecutive state tournament appearances with Cold Spring’s Rod Shafer, who accomplished the feat from 1985 to 2007. Only Randy Moselle and John Riewer have a longer consecutive appearances in the state tournament. Moselle appeared in 28 consecutive state tournaments between Columbia Heights and Hamel. Riewer made 30 consecutive state tournament appearances between Motley and Dassel-Cokato from 1980 to 2009. 

Hollingsworth drove in four runs Friday in Jordan’s 9-1 victory over Fergus Falls in Litchfield while going 3-for-5. The Brewers will face the winner of Sartell-Maple Lake Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in Delano — the site of Jordan’s last state title in 2019. 

“It just happens that it’s been 23 years that I’ve been blessed to be on really good teams,” Hollingsworth said.

“My kids, they love watching me play baseball,” Hollingsworth said. “My wife has been very supportive. I love the guys. I’ve been around them for 23 years. A couple of them were bat boys when I started.” 

Hollingsworth grew up in Robbinsdale and played a season with the Texas Rangers affiliate Pulaski Rangers in the Appalachian League.

He’s won two state titles with Jordan in 2004 and 2019 and one with Shakopee in 2010. But he’s not even the most tenured member of the Brewers. That title belongs to the esteemed Paul Buss, who’s better known for his beard these days, but swung a big bat for Jordan back in the day. 

“He’s a blast having in the dugout,” Hollingsworth said of Buss.

How long does Hollingsworth plan to lace up the cleats? Well, he has an 11-year-old son and an 11-year-old step son who he’d like to see as Brewers.

“I’d love to be on the team when they’re on the team,” Hollingsworth said. “It’d be cool to do that. I hope my body holds up.”

If he continues to play and make the state tournament, he’ll set a new consecutive appearances record in eight years.  

Jordan’s Tommy Thompson grabbed the spotlight for the majority of the night Friday after throwing six no-hit innings. Thompson had just four base runners all night, a hit by pitch and another batter reached on an error. He finished with 12 strikeouts and allowed just one hit.

The Brewers cranked out 15 base hits and stole 13 bases against the Hurricanes. 

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