An idea floating around American Legion baseball circles in North Dakota may have legs. Talk of a third division continues to heat up. Jake Raile, secretary of the Legion state athletic committee, said there has been some discussion of having a separate class for small Class A schools such as Jamestown, Valley City, Wahpeton and Devils Lake.
For more than three weeks, Jaime Villarreal had been kept off the pitching mound due to a right elbow that was bothering the 18-year-old. When a state championship was on the line, however, there was no question who would be on the mound.
Grafton’s Sam Heuchert drove in the game-winning run and Villarreal struck out eight in a complete-game effort to help his team beat Cando 1-0 at the North Dakota Class B American Legion state baseball tournament to win the title for a second consecutive year.
On Friday, the Roughriders and Royals were locked in another tight matchup, but Dickinson finally broke through for a 2-0 victory during a loser-out game at the North Dakota Class A state tournament at Veteran’s Memorial Field.
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