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Baseball: WF's Strahm, Flaten make college commitments

West Fargo seniors Matt Strahm and Spencer Flaten have both made college commitments for baseball: Strahm to Neosho County Community College in Chanute, Kan., and Flaten to Jamestown (N.D.) College.

Last season, Strahm posted a 6-3 record pitching for the Packers and had a 2.68 ERA in 60 2/3 innings. His highlight of the season came shortly before the East Region tournament. Facing Grand Forks Central, Strahm pitched West Fargo's first no-hitter in three years, leading the Packers to a 9-0 win.

"Matt is an excellent pitcher that can command the zone," said Steve Murry, Panthers head coach. "Every time he takes the mound, you know that he will give (the team) a chance to win."

Flaten, a multi-sport athlete who also plays basketball for the Packers, was a middle infielder last season with the West Fargo Patrtiots Legion baseball team. He led the team in 12 statistical categories, including batting average (.389), on-base percentage (.460), singles (50), triples (3) and stolen bases (18). He was a member of the 2008 North Dakota Class B All-Star team and 2009 Class A All-Star team.

Flaten also was named Rookie of the Year last season in both high school and Legion baseball.

"We are excited that Spencer has chosen to wear a Jimmie uniform," said Tom Hager, Jamestown College head baseball coach. "He has had great success with the West Fargo High School and West Fargo Legion baseball programs, and we expect much of the same here at Jamestown College.

"He is not only a good baseball player, but he is also a hard worker and a first-class individual."

The Jimmies are part of the Dakota Athletic Conference in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. They were DAC Champions last season and finished with a 25-9 record. Neosho County Community College has a Division I baseball program associated with the National Junior College Athletic Association. The Panthers finished last season 26-27.