The Dakotas were full of Alaskans playing NAIA baseball over the weekend during the fall season.
The Jamestown-Mayville State series in North Dakota had four local players while the Dickinson State-Presentation series in South Dakota featured one.
Jamestown swept Sunday’s doubleheader with the help of Juneau’s Lance Ibesate.
The starting second baseman went 3-for-7 [.429] with a triple, RBI and walk.
Ibesate also made all eight plays on defense.
Mayville State has a trio of Anchorage players: starting left fielder Aaron Miller, starting catcher Stephen Ferntheil and relief pitcher Zach Ferntheil.
Miller went hitless this weekend but he’s probably the most accomplished player on the field with a .345 career average in 128 games.
Ferntheil, the bashing backstop, went 2-for-3 in the first game. Nobody tried to steal on him. He did not play in the second game.
The junior transferred from East Georgia College where he hit .329 in 44 games last season.
His younger brother Zach also transferred to Mayville State.
The right-hander made a delightful debut with his new team by pitching three shutout innings of relief. He came in with his team trailing 4-2 and threw scoreless frames in the fifth, sixth and seventh to keep the Comets in the game.
In South Dakota against Presentation, Sagan Osborne of Anchorage started well in his first game with his new team Dickinson State of North Dakota.
He started at third base and went 2-for-5 with a run and two assists in the field as his team won 10-3. He went 1-for-3 with two assists and two putouts in a Game 2 loss.
This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.