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Fargo Babe Ruth 15-under team heading to World Series

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Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - School begins next week in Fargo, but there's a special group of teenagers that may be a few days late… For a good reason.


Jim Honl has been in the coaching ranks for a long time in Fargo, but he's never experienced a season like this.

JH: “Have not coached in a world series. I made it to a regional as a legion player.”

Honl will be sharing the experience with not only his son, Jacob, but also the sons of two players he once coached to a legion state title 27 years ago, in Ben Bryant and Luke Sandy.

LS: “It's awesome. Just to know that he has been around baseball for that long and he still has the same drive and passion for the game.”

BB: “He knows how to win and he did it with my dad and did it with us.”

This year's Fargo Babe Ruth 15-under team is heading to the World Series with some momentum, having beaten a strong Minnesota team in back-to-back games to win the Midwest regional in Iowa.

JH: “This team has a lot of heart and character. We always come from behind when we're down. We never give up. Even if we're in the later innings, if we're losing by a bunch. We feel like we just need that one big inning and see if we can get back into the game.”

JN: “When the team takes the field out in Washington, they'll be wearing brand new red camouflage uniforms. But, make no mistake. They don't plan on hiding from anyone at the World Series.”

TA: “It's just real now. We'll have to play better than ever to do as good at the World Series. I believe we can.”

JH: “Get our feet under us right away and then see if we can win a couple of games and bring some hardware back to North Dakota.”

JN: “Which would be a perfect finish to a summer full of baseball memories.”

Fargo opens up play Thursday night against the host team in Longview at 9:30 p.m.

Jody Norstedt
Jody Norstedt - Jody grew up in Montevideo, MN, and has a degree in broadcast journalism with a minor in communication studies from St. Cloud State University. He joined the WDAY Sports Team in April of 2011 and enjoys the great sports scene that the Fargo-Moorhead area has to offer. He previously worked in the sports department at WDAZ in Grand Forks for 3 years. During that time, he worked as the weekend sports anchor while also producing and anchoring the "Sioux Sports Extra" show. During his time at St. Cloud State University, he worked at the University TV station (UTVS) as the station's sports director, and the college radio station KVSC as a sports announcer. He also held the ice-side reporter position for the St. Cloud State men's hockey games broadcast statewide.  Jody has been a life long fan of the Twins, Wild, Vikings, and Timberwolves. Which means he has suffered through a lot of heartbreak along with the rest of MN sports fans. He enjoys covering local sports and the outdoors in the Red River Valley. If you have a sports story idea, send it his way. 
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