All in the family: Jungling brothers lead Mandan on the field, in the dugout
The Jungling brothers play major roles for the Mandan Chiefs baseball team.
Ryne and Reid Jungling have taken the field as the team's head coach and starting pitcher, respectively, for the last three seasons.
Ryne Jungling, who in this third season as the head coach for the Chiefs, played for Mandan from 2003-2006. While playing at UND, he served as the assistant coach for the Chiefs from 2007-2008.
Reid Jungling has had a starting role for Mandan since 2008. His biggest accomplishment came this past weekend grabbing most valuable player honors at the North Dakota Class A American Legion baseball state tournament.
"I was really surprised," Reid Jungling said. "I wasn't even thinking that I'd get that recognition. They could have given out nine MVP's, one to every starter on our team. That's how well we played as a team last weekend."
Working together as brothers might seem a little challenging, but Ryne says it's about making each other better.
"We've been coaching Reid for a while now," Ryne Jungling said. "I think we have a lot of trust between us. If I see something wrong, I'm almost more apt to make sure I point it out to him (Reid) than I am other people."
The trek to the Central Plains Regional Tournament started with winning the state championship. That was no easy task.
The Chiefs played Williston four times during the regular and lost on all four occasions.
Mandan bounced Williston on back-to-back wins in the state tournament.
"We knew that we could play with them (Williston)," Reid Jungling said. "Our two conference games and two nonconference games, we just laid an egg.
"We knew that if we played our baseball, we would have a chance to compete with them."
Mandan has seen major success playing at Southside Municipal Ballpark. The team is hoping to use that knowledge to get a leg up on the competition.
"We've played there a few times throughout the year and some of the guys played there in high school," Ryne Jungling said. "It's nice that it's close. We don't have as far to travel and we should draw a good crowd from Mandan. It's kind of a motivating fact for the guys that there's going to a lot of people cheering for them."
The Chiefs start the tournament at 5 p.m. today against South Dakota champion Sioux Falls East.
Mandan will have its hands full against East, which put up 68 runs in five games.
"I know they are going to hit the ball really well," Ryne Jungling said. "We've played quite a few South Dakota teams throughout the year. We haven't played East."