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North Linn’s Jake Hilmer talks about his senior season and prolific high school career. Tommy Birch, tbirch@dmreg.com

North Linn baseball coach Travis Griffith keeps a box of baseballs on the office desk of his Walker, Iowa, home.

Each ball is carefully catalogued in the box with a sticky note that includes a date, an opponent of North Linn’s this season and a summary of a rare accomplishment by one of his players. Griffith keeps the baseballs stored there until the end of the season, when he’ll present each one to the players in a protected case.  

Griffith has been doing this for a long time now. But this season, the task has become

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