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Bemidji's Northern Heat players celebrate their win of the Cal Ripken State Tournament for 12-year-olds Monday afternoon at the Mark Evenson Complex. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Cal Ripken State Tournament: Heat rises to top

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Tarron Baker exuded only confidence when he took the mound Monday in the championship game of the Minnesota Cal Ripken State Tournament at the Little League fields.


His mother, Tara, admitted to a different emotional response.

"I'm a nervous wreck," Tara said as she monitored the action from outside the fence near the Bemidji dugout.

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Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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