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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Devils Lake plays in, hosts State 15-Year-Old Tournament

  • By Harry Lipsiea
    The North Dakota State 15-and-Under Class A Baseball Tournament has come and gone in 2014. Devils Lake played host to the four-day event that came to a close as Fargo defeated West Fargo in two consecutive games to earn the championship Monday afternoon.
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  • By Harry Lipsiea
    The North Dakota State 15-and-Under Class A Baseball Tournament has come and gone in 2014. Devils Lake played host to the four-day event that came to a close as Fargo defeated West Fargo in two consecutive games to earn the championship Monday afternoon.
    The tournament went well, according to tournament officials.
    "We heard from several coaches that the tournament ran very smooth," Justin Bear, Devils Lake Babe Ruth head coach, stated.
    The best players on the top teams in the state were on showcase. The action didn't disappoint.
    "There was some great baseball over the weekend," Bear added. "It was a great opportunity for the area to take it all in."
    A squad from Devils Lake competed in the tournament and faced the top two teams in the west. In the opener, the host team dropped a contest to Williston 13-3 in five innings. Don't, however, let the score fool you.
    Devils Lake was in the game much of the way leading 3-2 going into the fourth. In fact, the team's lead could have been larger.
    "There were two plays when we had runners on that shifted the momentum," Bear talking about a line shot that went just foul down the third base line and a play in which the Williston shortstop made a diving stop to get out of the inning. "Baseball is a game of inches and that was true Friday. Who knows what happens if the ball bounces our way."
    In the bottom of the fourth, Williston had a two-run homer on the way to scoring 11 unanswered runs in the next two innings. The team walked away with the 13-3 win.
    On Saturday, Devils Lake ran into a top Bismarck team and fell 20-1 in five innings.
    "They were an excellent team," Bear said.
    While the tournament didn't go as planned for Devils Lake, the coach hoped that the event was a positive experience.
    "Ultimately, playing against top teams is going to help out the kids in the long run," he stated. "We saw some huge improvements from the beginning of the season to the end."

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