Tim Olson: Hutchinson CC Hall of Fame

Over the weekend, Tim Olson was inducted into the Hutchinson Community College Hall of Fame.

After graduating from St.Mary's in the late 90's, Olson was looking for a place to start his college baseball career.

He headed for Kansas, where he was a 2-time All-Conference shortstop, an honorable mention All-American and when Tim left the Blue Dragons, he was their career home run leader and he had the school record for hitting .460 in a single-season.

Hutchinson CC Sports Information Director Steve Carpenter said: "Some how, some way a video from a Bismarck TV station landed on former Blue Dragons Head Baseball Coach John Burgi's desk. They took a look at it and they saw this kid hit a home run and the ball went over a sign that said 420 feet."

After Hutchinson, Olson transferred to the University of Florida. Following his time with the Gators, Tim was drafted by Arizona in 2000. He played in the majors for the Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies.

The video Carpenter was talking about was highlites we shot here at KFYR-TV, but my connection with Tim runs much longer than that.

For a number of years, I was a softball taammate with Olson's dad Lane and Tim was our batboy for more than a few games.