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Another twist in Grand Forks summer baseball as league cuts season short

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Players from the Red River Pilots meet on the mound during the team's final game against the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs

After coming to an unexpected pause last week, the Red River Pilots season will not restart as the Expedition League is wrapping up its season early. The summer collegiate wood-bat league will play its championship series this week, which is nearly a month earlier than expected.

This news comes less than a week after Red River Pilots players and its head coach Matty Holem left Grand Forks midseason, citing player concerns and poor management. Since then a second team, North Iowa, ended its season early as well.

League commissioner Steve Wagner had wanted to reassemble the roster and keep the season going, something that could not happen. >>> Full story here.

The summer collegiate wood-bat Red River Pilots coach and players went home last week. Despite shortened season, commissioner says the league is still 'alive and well.'

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Dylan James is UND's top NHL Draft prospect

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UND freshman Dylan James holds up the Clark Cup after winning it with the Sioux City Musketeers.
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Dylan James admits he was a bit nervous before the 2021-22 hockey season.

In the previous 18 months, James barely played any hockey.

He got in just seven games during 2020-21 due to coronavirus pandemic restrictions and shutdowns in Alberta. Then, the UND commit attempted to make the jump to the United States Hockey League, a big step up from his previous spot, the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

"I didn't know how I was going to do," James said. "It's a harder league than the AJ. I came in and worked hard. That was my main point. I thought the success would come from that."

It did. >>> Full story here.

On Sunday, that meant scoreless performances from Cody Stashak, who followed Paddack and threw 2⅔ innings, Caleb Thielbar, who struck out all three batters he faced, Joe Smith, Tyler Duffey and Emilio Pagán, who locked down the save after allowing a pair of baserunners in the ninth.

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