Carter Dodd and Ryan Reynolds have no shortage of memories from their time playing baseball together.
Teammates since they were 10-years-old, the duo has had great success on the field, particularly at the youth level, where they helped the West Fargo Rattlers win three straight state titles from 2014-16.
Having traveled to play in tournaments throughout the Midwest, they've also had their share of fun off the field, such as trip to the Mall of American when the pair, then 13, nervously asked to take a photo with the Hooters wait staff during a tournament in the Twin Cities.
"I still have that photo stashed away somewhere," Dodd says.
After graduating from West Fargo Sheyenne High School earlier this month, Dodd and Reynolds' days of playing together are a long ways from being over, as they will both continue their baseball careers at Valley City State University.
Reynolds will play in the infield for the Vikings, while Dodd will look to get reps in the outfield. Both players are also hopeful they can earn spots on the team's pitching staff.
The amount of time the duo spends together will increase significantly when fall rolls around. Not only are they set to be roommates, they have virtually identical academic schedules, as they will both study Business Administration.
And though it may appear that they made a calculated decision to wind up in the same place, they say that wasn't the case, calling it a happy coincidence that they both found VCSU to be an ideal fit.
"We didn't really talk to each other whether we were going to go there or not," said Reynolds, who committed to play for the Vikings roughly one month before Dodd. "It just kind of happened that both of us kind of liked that place."
Though neither expects to struggle making new friends, they don't currently have preexisting relationships with any of their future Viking teammates, and expect that living together will help the the transition to college a smoother one.
"Your comfort level is a lot higher knowing you already know somebody there," Reynolds said.
Before making the move to Valley City, Dodd and Reynolds are hoping to win more state hardware in their hometown. Both are currently key contributors on a West Fargo Legion team that opened the season 9-2 before dropping a pair of games last week.
Despite the recent struggles (the Patriots had just five total hits in losses to Tri City and Minot), Dodd says no one in the dugout is concerned about Post 308's ability to hang with the state's top teams.
"If we play our game, we can match up with anyone," he said. "Hopefully when the state tournament comes around, we can play our best game."
Individually, both players hope their best games are ahead of them, as they prepare to face a boost in competition beginning next season. But even if there are bumps along the way, there's comfort in knowing a strong support system is already in place.
"I think it's going to be a pretty big jump going from high school baseball to college baseball," Reynolds said. "But I think we're both ready and it's going to be exciting to see what happens.
"I think it's going to be fun to see what happens, see what college is like together."