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Dave Selvig / Forum Communications Co., Published July 17 2012

West Fargo's Young opts to play baseball for Jamestown College

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Andy Young had a tough decision to make on where to play baseball next.

Jamestown College really wanted him. North Dakota State showed interest in the West Fargo standout. And there was the option of going to a top junior college.

In the end, Young chose to stay close to home and the Jimmies were the big winner.

“It was pretty tough,” Young said of his decision. “I thought about it a lot. I guess you just end up making the decision that seems like the best one. You go with your gut and that’s what I did.”

Landing Young was a coup for Jamestown College baseball coach Tom Hager. Young was named the Gatorade Player of the Year last month for the Packers and boasts an impressive résumé.

“We’ve got something to offer in that we’ve had a great track record the last eight to 10 years,” Hager said. “We think Andy is going to be a great fit here. He comes from a great baseball program and an awesome family and we feel fortunate that he chose to become a Jimmie.”

Family certainly played a role. Not only will he be close to home, but his grandparents live in Jamestown.

Additionally, his dad Jeff Young was an all-conference player for the Jimmies in the late 1980s and an academic All-American.

Andy had attended Jimmie baseball camps through the years, but was not entirely up to speed on the campus.

“I wasn’t as familiar as you might think,” Young said. “Coach Hager has a good program and they’ve had a lot of success. That was probably as big a thing as any.”

Jamestown College also offers his future field of study (pre-physical therapy), and his friend and teammate for the Packers and Patriots – Landon Uetz – also has signed with the Jimmies.

“There are a lot of positives in me going there,” Young said. “I feel good about my decision.”

Hager has had lots of success with North Dakota players during his 13-year tenure. Young figures to be in the next wave of locally-grown stars.

Young leads the West Fargo Legion team in virtually every offensive category, including batting average (.462), home runs (five) and RBIs (46). This coming after a high school season where he was the Packers’ top hitter (.406 avg., 6 HRs, 41 RBIs) and pitcher (6-0, 46 Zc innings, 1.51 ERA) as they won the Class A state championship.

He’ll likely be just an infielder for the Jimmies, but hopes to make an impact sooner rather than later.

“We’ll see what happens, but I’m going to work hard and hopefully play well,” Young said. “I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Selvig is the sports editor for the Jamestown Sun