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Dickinson committee prepares for all-star game

The North Dakota East-West American Legion baseball Classic will take place in Dickinson this year with a little bit of a change from last year's format.

Last year, committee members in Mayville chose to switch the format from one game to two games, separating Class A players from their Class B counterparts. The games were played on separate days, making a weekend out of the event. The Class B game was played on the first day, and many of its players chose to leave after the game, meaning the Class A contest did not have as many in attendance on the second day.

Dickinson's event committee has decided the best way to attack the problem is to have both games on one day. Both games are scheduled for seven innings with the Class B game starting at 1:30 p.m. Mountain Time and the Class A game going two hours after.

"The fans get to see a tremendous level of baseball," Dickinson committee member Scott Olin said. "There's more baseball talent in this state than we're given credit for. When you bring them all together like this, it's very entertaining ... very high-caliber baseball."

Dickinson last hosted the game in 2005 when the West eked out a 6-5 decision. According to Olin, the committee hopes to have coaches in place by early February and a tentative roster by late April.

"It's an opportunity (for the kids) to play with the best baseball talent in the state," Olin said. "Hopefully, we'll get some college coaches and scouts there."

Doug Frenzel, also on the committee, said the event gives fans a good experience.

"Everybody knows you play baseball on Sunday in North Dakota," Frenzel said, "and having the all-star game is a perfect afternoon."