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Fargo's Hage leading the way for Columbia in the Ivy League

Hage is hitting a team high .349

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Fargo Davies graduate Cole Hage is one of the top hitters for Columbia University this season heading into the Ivy League baseball playoffs.
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NEW YORK CITY - You would never know by the season Cole Hage is having that he didn't play an inning of college baseball last spring.

"Going a whole year of not seeing any pitching, not being able to play a game, it put me and us at a disadvantage." Hage said this week ahead of this weekend's Ivy League playoff series.

Hage's Columbia Lions and the entire Ivy League did not play any games last year as the conference elected not to play games because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The layoff hasn't hurt him. Hage has become a standout at Columbia in his sophomore year. He's hitting a team best 349 and was just named Ivy League rookie of the week.

"It's a big adjustment. Back home in high school I would never see a mid to high 80 mile per hour throwing guy. Now I can't get away with some of the stuff I got away with in high school and summer ball."

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Hage has made things look easy, while all the while going to school in New York City and playing for the same team that baseball legend and Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig played for.

"We have a Gehrig jersey that we give to every single player on the team for the hardest worker. But it's awesome, the atmosphere of going to school in New York City. It's different, it's what I wanted."

Columbia posted a 19 game win streak from April 2nd to May 1st. The Lions lost two of three to Dartmouth last weekend, costing them a chance to host the Ivy League best of three series this weekend against Pennsylvania.

The winner goes to the NCAA Tournament.

For years ago, Hage had major arm surgery and his baseball future was in doubt. Now he's one of the best players in the Ivy League.

"No one was talking to me, I wasn't on anyone's radar. If some one would have told me that I would be shocked."

Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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