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West Fargo's Matt Strahm pitches against Fargo on Saturday during the East Region Legion baseball tournament last week. David Samson/The Forum

PATRIOTS DIVISION CHAMPS

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This season could go down as one of the best ever for the West Fargo American Legion 19 and under baseball team.

Last week, the Patriots swept their Eastern Division counterparts to take the division title.

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Next up: the State Tournament in Bismarck, the second time the Patriots have earned a berth in as many years. This year's state tournament will be a bit different for the Patriots, however, as they enter as a No. 1 seed.

West Fargo (30-16) started last week's romp by routing Devils Lake 19-3 in the opener Friday. Then on Saturday and Sunday, the Patriots picked up where they left off as they faced Fargo Post 2 both times. West Fargo took an 11-1, 8-inning win in the first meeting, and a 9-4 victory for the championship.

West Fargo is scheduled to play Williston at 11 a.m. today in the first round of the Class A state tournament. The full schedule is as follows:

• Today - Game 1: No. 1 E West Fargo vs. No. 4 W Williston, 11 a.m.; Game 2: No. 2 W Minot vs. No. 3 E Jamestown, 2 p.m.; Game 3: No. 2 E Fargo Post 2 vs. No. 3 W Mandan, 5 p.m.; Game 4: No. 1 W Bismarck vs. No. 4 E Grand Forks, 8 p.m.

• Thursday - Game 5: Losers Games 1 and 2, 11 a.m.; Game 6: Losers Games 3 and 4, 2 p.m.; Game 7: Winners Games 1 and 1, 5 p.m.; Game 8: Winners Games 3 and 4, 8 p.m.

• Friday - Game 9: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 7, 1 p.m.; Game 10: Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 8, 4 p.m. Game 11: Winners Games 7 and 8, 7 p.m.

• Saturday - Game 12: Winner Game 9 vs. Loser Game 11, 1 p.m. Game 13: Winners Games 10 and 11, 4 p.m.

• Sunday - Game 14: Winners Games 12 and 13, 1 p.m.; Game 15: Winner Game 15 vs. Loser Game 15, if needed

Pairings for Games 12 and 13 will avoid matching previous opponents, if possible. If three teams remain after Game 13, the winner of Game 11 will receive the bye for Game 14.

The Patriots proved they have ample weaponry on the field and plate. They will need all of them as they face the tough competition from the West.

U-17 tournament in WF

The West Fargo American Legion 17 and Under team also made it to their respective state tournament.

The Aces will face either Grand Forks or Mandan at 4:30 p.m. today at Veterans Field in West Fargo. The full schedule is as follows.

• Today - Game 1: Mandan vs. Grand Forks, 11 a.m.; Game 2: Fargo vs. Minot, 1:30 p.m.; Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. West Fargo; Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2.

• Thursday - Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 2, 1: 30 p.m.; Game 6: Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 4:30 p.m.; Game 7: Loser Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 7 p.m.

• Friday - Game 8: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 5, 4: 30 p.m.; Game 9: if necessary, 7 p.m.

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