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WF Aces claim junior state title

The West Fargo Aces baseball team. Back Row, from left: Coach Derek Ouren, Ben Strahm, Jake Telander, Marcus Wohl, Creighton Pfau, Tom Sandvig, Aaron Fraase, Coach Zach Wentz. Front Row: Cody Howe, Michael Glanville, Matt Hewitt, Noah Paper, Tony Nichols, Ryne Bigelow.

The Aces capped off their season with a win over the Grand Forks Blues to capture the Junior Legion State Tournament on July 24-28 in Minot.

The team was undefeated in the tournament, picking up victories over Mandan (5-1), Minot (11-1) and Bismarck (4-3) before beating the Blues 8-4 in the final game, in which a six-run third inning blew the game open in favor of the Aces.

"We played a challenging schedule all season," head coach Zach Wentz said. "That gave the kids confidence, and they knew what it took to win. They came out relaxed. They competed hard and ended up playing really well."

The Aces finished the season with a 29-14 record.