Kaitlyn Rocco, Delaney Young play for Team Minnesota in Border Battle
MINNEAPOLIS—It was the end of the All-Star game for Kaitlyn Rocco, from Woodbury, and Delaney Young, from Park, and the two of them were asked to go up to the podium for a moment.
The two had no idea why they were going up to the podium and were slightly nervous. Once they went up there, they were told that the two of them were selected for Team Minnesota.
"At first, we weren't sure what that meant," Rocco said. "Once they explained it, we became really excited to be a part of this border battle tradition."
Rocco and Young were selected for Team Minnesota and played Team Wisconsin in the Border Battle at the University of Minnesota on July 10. The two games on Tuesday took place at the Jane Sage Cowles Stadium.
It was a bigger event than just two games at the University of Minnesota because there were other parts included in this opportunity. The two teams practiced before the two afternoon games and spent some time together as a team.
They also attended a Minnesota Twins game where the two teams were recognized on the field before the game to the players and fans.
"It's been so much fun being a part of this team and this day," Young said. "We've made some great friendships with the players on each of the teams and I hope those friendships continue in the future."
Team Minnesota lost both games on Tuesday against Team Wisconsin, but Rocco and Young were able to show off some their skills throughout the games.
Rocco hit a sharp double in the first game to record her first hit for Team Minnesota, while Young used her plate discipline and walked twice in the first game.
Both of them are finishing up their last few moments in the Royals and Wolfpack jerseys before they put new jerseys on for their specific colleges and universities.
"It's bittersweet to come to the end of our softball season," Rocco said. "I think we're both excited to move into college softball, but we also want to hold onto the memories from high school softball as well."
Rocco will be attending Northern Kentucky University, while Young will be heading to Augustana University and both will play for the college teams.
The two are hoping they've left an impact on their two high school teams as well as left an impact with the younger community of softball players. Rocco and Young remember coming to All-Star games and Border Battle when they were younger and wanted to reach this point sometime in their lives.
"A lot of people remember coming here when they were little and watching [the Border Battle game]," Young said. "It's fun to be a part of it and represent our schools."