By Harry Lipsiea
The top teams in the state will be traveling to Devils Lake this weekend. Legion Field will play host to the 2014 North Dakota State 15-Year-Old Babe Ruth Tournament starting Friday. The tournament will run through Sunday and a final championship game will be played Monday morning if needed.
By Harry Lipsiea
The top teams in the state will be traveling to Devils Lake this weekend. Legion Field will play host to the 2014 North Dakota State 15-Year-Old Babe Ruth Tournament starting Friday. The tournament will run through Sunday and a final championship game will be played Monday morning if needed. The tournament will feature squads from Williston, Fargo, Minot, West Fargo, Bismarck and Devils Lake. There is sure to be excellent baseball played during the tournament, Devils Lake head coach Justin Bear said.
"These are teams from strong Class A programs. It should be an exciting weekend full of baseball," he told the Journal Tuesday. The Devils Lake squad features a group of 13-15 year-olds. While wet and inclement weather has limited action, the team is geared up for its state tournament appearance this weekend.
"The kids are really looking forward to playing in front of their home crowd at the state tournament," Bear said. "They are going to be pumped up and ready to go this weekend."
The major strength of the team is its pitching staff. Throughout the season, Devils Lake has played very good baseball and has been in a lot of tight games. "Our pitching has been really strong at times this season," Bear pointed out. "When our pitchers have been on, they have really kept us in games."
The tournament is up for grabs with all six teams hungry for a shot at the championship.
"It should be a really good tournament," Bears said. "I think the title is for the taking. All six teams will be right in the hunt."
For now, the squad is working hard on the fundamentals in preparation for the tournament. Devils Lake, the third seed from the east, takes on Williston at 11 a.m. Friday.
"We're just trying to stay as sharp as possible," Bear stated. "When this group clicks, they can play with anyone."
The Devils Lake team is made up of Luke Aanstad, Ryan Haahr, Riley Roed, Hunter Swanson, Chris Shepherd, Zach Dahlen, Matt Strong, Josh Dahlen, Noah Widmer, Kyle Gratton, Cordell Yoder, Colton Hartl, Josh Weed and Jason Senger. The team is coached by Bear and Jason Swenseth.
The tournament begins Friday with Williston and Devils Lake at 11 a.m. West Fargo and Minot play at 1:30 p.m. Winners bracket games will be held at 4:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., respectively.