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From Mudhens bat boy to pro pitcher - Edlefsen makes his major league debut

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Twenty-two years ago, the movie "Field of Dreams" hit the big screen. Its popularity led one Twin Cities newspaper to feature one of the area's own field of dreams - the home of the Miesville Mudhens.

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A 4-year-old boy was pictured in the article. He was Stephen Edlefsen, the team's bat boy. His father, Brad Edlefsen, was a pitcher for the Mudhens, so it's no surprise Stephen got involved.

Baseball proved to be an important aspect of his life. From being a bat boy, Stephen went on to play the game, played through high school at Bloomington Jefferson, played shortstop at Barton County Community College in Kansas and later at the University of Nebraska.

In 2007, the San Francisco Giants drafted him as a pitcher. On Aug. 20, he was called up to the major league team from the Class AAA Fresno Grizzlies.

"He's done very, very well," his father Brad said. "He's had a very good career and he was a triple-A all-star last year."

On Aug. 21, Stephen stepped on to the field for his first major league game to relieve Guillermo Mota in the bottom of the fifth inning and went on to face four Houston Astros' batters.

The Giants went on to win the game, 6-4.

Stephen's parents and siblings flew to Houston to see his major league debut.

"We're very, very proud of him," Brad said.

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Katrina Styx
Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.
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