It was not an easy road, but the Langdon Eagles Babe Ruth Baseball team won their first ever state title, winning the 2017 State B Babe Ruth Tournament in Thompson, held July 28-Aug. 1.
It was truly amazing to witness the team lose their opening round game, then having to win six straight to bring home the state trophy.
After losing to Thompson on the first night, Langdon won four straight loser out games, knocking LaMoure, Lidgerwood, Thompson and Nelson County out of the tournament to get into the championship games against Hettinger. All they did against the unbeaten Bears was beat them twice by the 10 run rule to win the tournament crown.
There are so many memories to take from the tourney: A no-hitter thrown by Simon Romfo in the second revenge game versus Thompson, three wins on the mound (one in relief) for Ethan Sampson, a 12 run inning in the first championship game against Hettinger are just three of the many, many highlights.
On having the drive and belief to make it to the title against some pretty long odds, Eagles Head Coach Kade Pengilly said it best, “These guys have great attitudes all of the time, and get along very well. It doesn’t surprise me that we came back to win it all.” Assistant Coach Logan Waslaski also said, “We knew these guys could do it, after seeing them win 19 in a row in the regular season and tournaments. So we knew they were capable of running of six in a row and they did it!”
This team is a unique mix of players, two from Munich, two from Edmore, one from Darlingford, MB, and the rest that go to school in Langdon. Make no mistake about it, every player who took the field had a huge contribution to winning the championship – Simon Romfo, Grant Romfo, Jackson Delvo, Riley Johnston, Brennan Kitchin, Logan Harder, Cooper Zimmer, Ethan Sampson, Logan Feil and Jesse Fetsch all did a great job in several ways. And for the younger players – Alex Cluchie, Tucker Welsh, Jackson Skaar, Ethan Kram and Rodger Economy, having the experience of being at a tournament such as this will only help them in the years ahead.
Our whole area has lots to be proud of with this group winning Langdon’s first ever Babe Ruth title at the 2017 State Tournament. And from all accounts including a glowing report from their host home families, these boys were great ambassadors for our region and represented all the of communities involved very well. They finished with a record of 25-2.
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