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Jones brothers sign with Bismarck State baseball

Kendall and Lucas Jones have bonded through baseball before they even touched a baseball field. "We started playing baseball before we could walk, I guess," Lucas said. "Our mom always said we'd be throwing balls or swinging stuff around. Basebal...

Dickinson High pitcher Kendall Jones delivers to the plate against Fargo Davies in the Class A Baseball State Tournament semifinals on June 2 at Veteran's Memorial Ballpark in Mandan. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson High pitcher Kendall Jones delivers to the plate against Fargo Davies in the Class A Baseball State Tournament semifinals on June 2 at Veteran's Memorial Ballpark in Mandan. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)

Kendall and Lucas Jones have bonded through baseball before they even touched a baseball field.

"We started playing baseball before we could walk, I guess," Lucas said. "Our mom always said we'd be throwing balls or swinging stuff around. Baseball has always been what we've loved."

The brothers, who graduated from Dickinson Trinity last month, will remain teammates for the foreseeable future after both signed on Tuesday to play baseball at Bismarck State College next year.

"Having each other there for the next step in our baseball careers going forward is pretty special," Kendall said.

Lucas and Kendall join the Mystics after they put together a 33-13 season in the Mon-Dak Athletic Conference in 2017.

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The brothers helped the Dickinson High baseball team to a Class A state championship as juniors and a runner-up finish as seniors.

Kendall, a left-handed pitcher, went 7-0 with 30 strikeouts against 18 walks as a senior. He allowed just 24 hits and eight runs over 44 2/3 innings, finishing with an ERA of .627. Kendall also hit .414 in 29 at-bats, driving in three runs and scoring 13.

"I've had some pretty good pitchers in the past, but to end the year throwing as many innings as he threw, and to have an ERA under 1.00, that's pretty phenomenal," Dickinson High head coach Pete Dobitz said. "And he really improved his bat, as well. Defensively, he moved over to left field and right field depending on the situation, and he was a pretty solid performer all year."

Kendall said he was recruited to Bismarck State as a pitcher.

"I wasn't really sure at first, and I wanted the spring to play out and see how things were going. I did fairly well during the spring, so I thought it was a good idea to sign with them," Kendall said. "Pitching is what I'd prefer to do, and as well as I did in the spring, I think it's going to carry over into next year."

During the spring, Lucas hit .316 for the Midgets, driving in 13 runs and scoring 28. He pitched sparingly - just 10 innings - but he picked up two wins and two saves without allowing any runs.

"Lucas dealt with a tender arm all year and he still threw 10 innings, and probably the highlight of his pitching career was coming in against Jamestown up in Minot for the WDA championship, and he just basically slammed the door on Jamestown and allowed us to come back," Dobitz said of Lucas' four innings of work with seven strikeouts on May 27. "And defensively, dealing with a sore arm, still being able to play a solid shortstop as he did all year, it's a testament to the guts and determination of Lucas."

Lucas will remain a shortstop or second baseman for the Mystics.

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"It's pretty surreal," Lucas said. "You grow up wanting to play college ball, and it's like a dream come true for me, getting to continue to do what I love."

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Dickinson High shortstop Lucas Jones throws out a Mandan runner on May 13 at Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)

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