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Published May 16, 2010, 10:29 AM

Memorable year so far for the Mayville Comets

(WDAY Sports) - In two days, the Mayville State baseball team will play in the NAIA national tournament for the first time since 2002.

It's been memorable year for head coach Scott Berry and the Comets, and not just because they won the DAC tournament to qualify for nationals.

Berry is one win shy of his 800th career victory. But the driving force behind the comets season, for the players, has been berry's wife Lori, who's been battling an incurable form of bone cancer for the past two years.

“They just really made life easy for me and then going to the ballpark and coaching them and watching them play was just a real thrill.”

“Coach is fighting a battle right now and he's been preaching to us all season long, just keep battling through it.”

“We actually have, if you look at our hats, we've got ribbons on the back. These ribbons on the back are dedicated to Lorie Barry. That's coach’s wife. She's been a huge part of this program. She's been a huge part of all our lives on the baseball team, and this season was dedicated to her.”

Mayville State will play Robert Morris Tuesday at 11-am in the 1st round of the NAIA tournament. Jamestown College, which got an at-large bid, will face Uniion on Tuesday at 2:30 in Oklahoma City.