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Glenn Pursley, Published June 11 2013

Defending champ West Fargo sweeps Devils Lake in legion baseball

WEST FARGO – Andy Young wasn’t around earlier this month to help West Fargo get past Fargo Shanley in the North Dakota Class A state high school baseball tournament. The Packers took second.

This summer, Young returns to West Fargo, but this time he’s back to help the Patriots win their second American Legion state title.

Last year, Young hit a three-run homer in the championship game to help the Patriots top Fargo Post 2 11-8.

“We are really happy to have Young back,” head coach Bill Ibach said. “He’s one of the best players around.”

Young plays college baseball for Jamestown College in the spring, and during his freshman year he batted .269 with 35 hits, eight doubles and five homers to help the Jimmies to a 33-11 record.

On Tuesday, Young had a triple and two singles to pace the Patriots to a 10-0 victory in Game 2 of an American Legion doubleheader to sweep Devils Lake.

“It was fun,” Young said. “I got what I wanted out of it and got to play a lot of ball. When the weather was bad (in Fargo), I still got to play games. It’s been a good year.”

Third baseman Landon Uetz is also on the Jamestown roster, and he is back with the Patriots this summer.

Along with Young and Uetz, the Patriots have four other players coming off of their senior seasons committed to playing college baseball.

Kory Wolden will join Young and Uetz in Jamestown. Jordan Rheault and Ben Bruenjes will play for Valley City State, and Camran Bonnema will head to Mayville State.

“I think it helps a ton,” Ibach said, referring to the collegiate experience on the team. “The younger kids look to them to see how things are done successfully. I think our senior high school kids are really good leaders too, and that really helps.”

One of the young guns, Anjelo Shepherd, pitched Game 1 for the Patriots and gave up two runs off three hits. He tallied seven strikeouts and walked one during the 11-2 win.

The Patriots are 5-1, with their only loss coming against Minot.

And to add a little more motivation for the Patriots, West Fargo will host the Legion state tournament this season.

“We just want to compete at that level,” Ibach said. “I’d be really happy having state (in West Fargo) and doing well in that situation. There’s a lot of good teams in the state, and we’re hoping to be there in the end.”

DL 001 100 0– 2 3 3

WF 301 601 0–11 11 4

Schmidt, Olson (4) and Sundra. Shepard and Bruenjes. W–Shepard. L–Schmidt.

DL 000 00 – 0 2 2

WF 434 5x –16 18 0

Sundra and Shepherd. Wagenmann and Uetz. W–Wagenmann. L–Sundra.

Forum reporter Glenn Pursley

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