The Dickinson Roughriders finished last season with an 18-29 record.
The Roughriders found a way to get the wins when they needed them most come tournament time.
They finished their season barely missing out on the Central Plains Regional Championship Game.
This year the squad is full of returners and they'll look to their ace for key wins this season.
(Jon Schaeffer/KX Sports) This year the Dickinson RoughRiders legion baseball team is stacked with 11 returning players--making life easier for Head Coach Cory Hansen.
Hansen says"Just with the flow of practices and our games they have a lot better understanding of how to play the game. They're a good bunch of kids I like to tease them a lot we have a lot of fun together so I'm looking forward to the season."
James Kary says, "We're just so used to playing with each other so it's a little more relaxed then it used to be when we were just learning how to play with each other so we know each other its a little more fun now."
This summer Hansen will be looking to Senior James Kary, not only on the mound but at the dish as well.
"He works pretty hard. He's pretty strong at the plate very knowledgeable of going up there and knowing what pitches to hit his counts and such. It's a good guy to model after." says Hansen.
"I usually hit pretty well but sometimes like this last spring I didn't pitch very well. I kind of rely a lot on my slider and fastball. It'd be nice to kind of develop a change up other pitches." says Kary.
Kary was on the mound for the season opener Friday, unfortunately he took the loss giving up three runs .
The Rough Riders bounced back with a win in the second game of the double header against Wahpeton.
Kary says this year the team needs a little more consistency if they want to make a run come tournament time.
"We really looked good sometimes last year then we really looked bad sometimes last year so just gotta stay consistent all the way through."
Kary is committed to Minot State in the fall to play baseball.
It'll be non- stop ball for him as he makes the transition to college following the legion season, and he hopes to have some success this summer that he can take to the next level.
"It'd be the first time where I'd have fall ball so if I can have a good summer then that can just jumpstart into the fall season where that'd be almost all year round then. I'll miss playing with the guys I'm glad I get to continue on but I'm gonna remember these guys and all the fun we've had." says Kary.
But for now his focus is on his team in Dickinson trying to improve on the success they had last year.
The Roughriders will be on the road in Williston Tuesday night. They currently sit 2-2 very early in the season.
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