For the Grand Forks Storm, it was a case of close, but just not close enough. In a do-or-die game, Niskayuna, N.Y., had just enough to hold off Grand Forks 7-5 in the 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series on Wednesday at Ardean Aafedt Stadium in Williston.
Luck has not been on the side of Grand Forks during the 2013 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series. Two days after blowing a late lead and losing to Williston, the Grand Forks Storm baseball team suffered another heartbreaking setback here Tuesday. Lawrenceburg, Tenn., rallied to score a 5-4 win in pool play.
Legendary basketball coach Phil Jackson credits coaching Babe Ruth baseball in Williston with setting the foundation for his career.
Jackson returned to his hometown of Williston on Friday to speak during a banquet that kicks off the 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series.
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.
Entering this week, the Grand Forks Royals were sitting in fourth place in North Dakota Class A American Legion baseball state standings. But the Royals proved last weekend that they can handle the best neighboring states have to offer.
Nelson County’s American Legion team is a high school baseball melting pot.
The team has players from five towns and four high schools in its regular starting lineup. That covers an area from Fordville in the northeast to Glenfield in the southwest. The team is based in Tolna, where it practices and plays games.
After sitting on the bench in the first game, Matter drove in all three runs as Thief River Falls beat host East Grand Forks 3-1. That gave the Bandits a split of the American Legion baseball doubleheader, as EGF won the opener 3-0.
The Grand Forks Royals are road warriors this summer. The American Legion baseball team has played three home doubleheaders. With more than five weeks remaining in the regular season, the Royals have only four home dates remaining.
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