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Published July 05, 2010, 10:15 AM

Former Cobber making an impact with the RedHawks

Fargo, ND (WDAY Sports) - The Concordia Cobbers have yielded some good baseball players over the years. Chris Coste and Greg Salvevold come to mind, and the next in the line of Cobber players that have gotten paid to play is Moorhead's Jake Krause. He was signed by the RedHawks last month and he's doing all he can to prove he belongs in pro baseball.

This season at Concordia, his last, Jake Krause led the Cobbers in 7 offensive categories, including homers, steals, and runs scored. After an injury to RedHawks' starting shortstop Zach Penprase, Krause was signed by the Hawks and has been with team for nearly a month.

Krause: “It's been a dream of mine since I was a kid to play pro ball. Glad I could make it. I'm doing whatever I can to keep my future going.”

Jake's college coach at Concordia, Bucky Burgau, also coaches first base for the RedHawks and he knows what the biggest adjustment is from the MIAC to the Northern League.

Burgau: “Pitching. We rarely see guys in the upper 80's or 90's in the MIAC. It's on a daily basis here.”

Jake: “Getting used to the pitching was a task. Think I've done that now. Now it's working on fielding and becoming a more consistent player.”

Being consistent only happens when you begin to feel comfortable in the pro game, like you belong. And even for someone like Krause, who was one of the very best players in his college conference, it's a challenge to calm all the nerves and the doubts and prove you belong in the pros.

Jake: “That's really the whole key. I don't know if I'm there yet. Some days are better than others. It's huge, feeling like you belong, that's a big part of it.”

Krause was hitting around .250 for the RedHawks, but in the past 7 days, he's batted .350, showing that maybe that comfort level and belief is starting to come.