Forest Lake native Matt Wallner played a key role on the Cedar Rapids Kernels baseball team that advanced to the finals of the High-A Central Championship Series.

Wallner played in 66 games for the Kernels and finished with a .264 batting average while tying for third on the team with 15 home runs and finishing fourth with 47 RBIs.

The left-handed hitting outfielder missed time during the season because of a broken hamate bone suffered in late May. Wallner had surgery on the small bone in his hand and missed two months of action.

Cedar Rapids finished second in the High-A Central’s West Division with a 67-53 record, losing to Quad Cities in the best-of-3 Championship Series finals.

Wallner began this season ranked as the No. 14 prospect in the Twins minor-league system by MLB.com.

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