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West Fargo travel teams close successful summer

West Fargo’s Lance Oster lays down a bunt for the Rattlers during a game at the 2014 North Dakota State Cal Ripken Baseball Tournament. Submitted photo1 / 2
The West Fargo Rattlers 11-year-old team poses after winning the 2014 North Dakota State Cal Ripken Baseball Tournament in Wahpeton, N.D. Submitted photo2 / 2

If the West Fargo travel teams had to sum up their summer in one word, the word success fits better than the rest.

Between The Rattlers and The Impact, West Fargo’s traveling sports programs for baseball and softball, respectively, nine teams from eight age groups played well enough to keep the season alive well into the summer.

The Rattlers had teams from six age groups participate in the state tournament. Of those six teams, three teams won the tournament and advanced to the Midwest Plains Regional, two teams took second place, and the 12-year-old team finished third.

The Rattlers’ 10-year-old Cal Ripken team was the only team to advance to the Cal Ripken World Series in Winchester, Va. They outscored their opponents 68-13 at the Midwest Plains Regional.

They lost the first game against Winchester (Virginia) 13-1 and were shut out by Marlton (New Jersey) 9-0 in their second game.

The 11-year-old team also won the Midwest Plains Regional, giving up only six runs in the process, but unfortunately there is no World Series event for that age group. They finished the season 49-9-2.

Other notable finishes for the Rattlers include a second-place regional title for the 9-year-old and 15-year-old teams and a third-place finish at regionals for the 13-year-old team. All three teams won the state tournament in their age group.

The Impact had three teams make nationals. The 18-under team was one of two teams to win a state title along the way to a national tournament berth. They finished the tournament 2-2, enough for fourth place.

The 12-under team also won state, but lost the first two games at nationals and the 16-under team was able to pick up one win to tie for ninth.