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Former Bison, RedHawks star pitcher Jake Laber dies

FARGO--Jake Laber, the all-time pitching wins leader in Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks baseball history, has died, the team confirmed on Monday morning, Aug. 15. He was 30.

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Officials from the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks baseball team confirmed Monday, Aug. 15, that former RedHawks pitcher Jake Laber has died. (Forum News Service file photo)

FARGO-Jake Laber, the all-time pitching wins leader in Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks baseball history, has died, the team confirmed on Monday morning, Aug. 15. He was 30.

RedHawks general manager Josh Buchholz said he didn't know the cause of death, but friends of Laber indicate it was unexpected.

RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said Laber had begun treatments for a curable form of cancer. Laber was a Fargo North High School and North Dakota State University graduate.

"We've had this long line of finding the best local talent," Buchholz said. "And it probably starts back with Chris Coste. A guy like Jake is right up there with the all-time greats in our franchise. Off the field, you couldn't ask for a nicer guy."

Laber has the team career records of 46 wins and 102 starts.

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"Such a tragedy." Simunic said. "I'm speechless to the point of where I don't know what to say. Such a young guy."

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