July 18, 2024

Border West baseball takes home Little Eight title in 2024

Submitted photos The Border West baseball team handed out their team awards. From left, Kevin Capser won the MVP and Most Valuable Pitcher, Brody Nachbor won Most Valuable Offensive Player, Ripley Holtz won Most Valuable Defensive Player, Lucas Gahlon was presented with the Hustle Award, Brayden Andrews won Most Improved Player and Caden Olsen was presented with the Best Chatter Award.

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Sam Peterson

Grant County Herald

The Border West baseball team had a great season in 2024. The Bucs were able to finish the season with a 16-7 record, including a 9-1 record in the conference to earn the Little Eight crown. 

Border West edged Brandon/Evansville and Ashby by two games to earn the Little Eight Conference Title. 

By the end of the season, Border West won four of their final five games to finish the regular season with a 14-5 record. That earned them the third seed in Section 6A – South. Border West pulled off a first round win over West Central Area, but then lost to Upsala/Swanville Area to move into the elimination bracket.

The Bucs stayed alive with a win over Hancock, but then fell 3-1 to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle to end their season.

“The season went very well. We were able to capture another conference championship and get to the second week of playoffs. We battled in many games, some of which our pitching kept us in the game and others where our bats won it over,” head coach James Paul said.

According to coach Paul, the team made great strides from the beginning of the season to the end. “We really found out what kind of team we were. We had pitchers step up and pitch very well for us and we found a good balance in our offensive stack with the bottom of the order pulling through much more by the end of the season,” coach Paul said.

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