Babe Ruth: Horner leads 13’s to World Series in coaching debut

Alex Horner is batting 1.000 right now. He’s one for one in coaching teams to the World Series. The first-year manager might make this a career.

One day, Alex Horner wants to coach.

“For me to take the next step in my baseball career,” Horner said, “This was the right move for me.”

After his playing career, the Bismarck 13’s skipper is open to coaching college or high school, but high school is where he thinks he’ll settle.

“I’ve learned a lot about who I am as a person,” Horner said, “who I am as a coach.”

But Alex’s 13-year-old players have taught him a new virtue: Patience.

“Something may not click right away,” Horner said, “and just have to stay resilient with them. Stay up and stay positive. You just have to be a good person.”

This past spring, Alex was a right-handed pitcher for BSC. And he’s passing his mound knowledge to the kids.

“It’s been a great experience,” Devine said. “He’s been a pitcher himself and I got to learn a bunch about pitching.”

Jackson Klipfen is an outfielder and he gave Alex his first job performance evaluation on meeting expectations as a coach.

“I think he kind of exceeded them,” Klipfen said. “We expected to win state, but he took us further than that.”

Leading a club this summer has given Alex a new perspective for his Mystics coaches when he returns to school as a player in the fall.

“I know what they go through on a day-to-day basis having to deal with kids,” Horner said, “and all that jazz.”

Alex will be in the dugout for his first Babe Ruth World Series game on Aug. 10 at 8 p.m.

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