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Beetles' second baseman Tanner Vavra (middle) was all smiles as his teammates greeted him near the dugout after his seventh-inning home run gave Alexandria a 9-6 lead on Sunday. (Echo Press photo by Eric Morken.)

Beetles baseball: Vavra has an eye toward the future

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Alexandria Beetles' second baseman Tanner Vavra has never let the fact that he is blind in his right eye affect the vision he had for himself on a baseball field.


Vavra, son of Minnesota Twins' hitting coach Joe Vavra, was a three-sport athlete in high school. He went on to star in the junior college ranks at Madison Area Technical College for two years before signing to play Division I baseball at Valparaiso.

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Eric Morken
Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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