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May-Port, Langdon legion teams sparked to state by college-age pitchers

May-Port's Sawyer Satrom and Langdon's Cooper Zimmer enter this week's state tournament as two of the top throwers in the event.

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GRAND FORKS — The American Legion baseball programs of Mayville-Portland and Langdon have consistently advanced to the state tournament the last few seasons.

A state championship has evaded both programs but the return of college-level arms this summer has both teams eyeing a deep run at the state tournament, which begins Wednesday in Garrison, N.D.

Mayville-Portland opens against Cando at 10 a.m., while Langdon plays Carrington at 3 p.m. in the first round.

Sawyer Satrom, who's 7-0 this summer and given up just five earned runs in about 49 innings pitched, played this past school year at Minnesota Crookston.

Satrom redshirted at UMC and has focused his efforts at infield in college.

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"I knew it was going to be a challenge coming out of high school, so redshirting has been great to get that practice time in and get to know all the guys in my freshman class," Satrom said. "Working with the coaches every day has really helped my development."

This summer, Satrom has enjoyed an opportunity to pitch again.

"I kind of missed it from high school," Satrom said. "It's fun to come back and get some innings in."

Satrom has also excelled at the plate, where he's hitting a team-best .477 and has hammered seven of the team's nine home runs.

May-Port's Landon Koenig is also putting up impressive pitching numbers to go along with Satrom.

Koenig is 6-0 with 59 strikeouts and a 0.69 earned-run average.

"This team can make a run," May-Port coach Taylor Kunkel said. "We have high expectations going into the tournament. We want to play in the last game of the state tournament. That's what I believe we can do."

Langdon has a similar feeling this season after taking third place at state each of the last two years.

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"We have three top-tier arms that would be aces on just about anybody's staff," Langdon coach Tanner Groth said.

Zimmer, who redshirted at Mayville State this past school year, has been the ace of the group as of late.

Zimmer is 3-1 in 14.2 innings with 17 strikeouts and a 0.95 earned-run average.

But Jack Romfo and Gage Goodman have strong numbers, too. Jack, who's also hitting .446 with three home runs, is 4-0 on the mound with a 1.48 ERA. Goodman is 3-1 with 32 strikeouts in 24.1 innings.

Langdon at a glance

Coach: Tanner Groth.

Record: 18-3.

State tournament matchup: Langdon vs. Carrington, 3 pm., Wednesday, in Garrison.

Top hitters: Mason Romfo .554; Theo Romfo .469; Jack Romfo .446, 3 HRs; Tucker Welsh .429; Gage Goodman .386; Cooper Zimmer .345; Markus Kingzett .327; Carter Tetrault .308.

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Top pitchers: Jack Romfo 4-0, 23.2 IP, 25 Ks, 1.48 ERA; Goodman 3-1, 24.1 IP, 32 Ks, 2.01 ERA; Zimmer 3-1, 14.2 IP, 17 Ks, 0.95 ERA.

Recent state tournament history: Langdon has been to the last three state tournaments with no state titles in that stretch.

May-Port at a glance

Coach: Taylor Kunkel.

Record: 26-10.

State tournament matchup: Mayville-Portland vs. Cando, 10 a.m., Wednesday, in Garrison.

Top hitters: Sawyer Satrom .477, 7 HRs; Lucas Fugleberg .346; Ethan Bergstrom .329; Landon Koenig .291, 2 HRs; Reed Kritzberger .284; Jake Hutter .265; Andrew Aarsvold .262; Cole Kritzberger .250.

Top pitchers: Satrom 7-0, 49.1 IP, 52 Ks, 5 ERs, 0.71 ERA; Koenig 6-0, 40.2 IP, 59 Ks, 0.69 ERA; Fugleberg 4-0, 26.1 IP, 20 Ks, 2.39 ERA

Recent state tournament history: May-Port has been to three of the last four state tournaments with no state championships in that stretch.

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Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, tmiller@gfherald.com or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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