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Published June 14, 2011, 09:07 PM

After 8 Years of Baseball, GF Native Sadler Hanging Up the Cleats

Through eight years of baseball in Grand Forks, Andy Sadler has seen it all. He was at Kraft Field before the infield dirt became the infield turf. He was a student-athlete at UND for the transition to Division I. And in his final season, he started every home game with the song "Welcome to My Hood."

Through eight years of baseball in Grand Forks, Andy Sadler has seen it all.

He was at Kraft Field before the infield dirt became the infield turf. He was a student-athlete at UND for the transition to Division I. And in his final season, he started every home game with the song "Welcome to My Hood."

"You gotta represent your city," Sadler said.

His city is Grand Forks, where Sadler played four years of varsity baseball at Red River with one goal in mind.

"As soon as my brother signed there, I had played baseball with my brother for as long as I can remember. That had a big impact on what I wanted to do as far as going for college ball," Sadler said.

Sadler joined his brother Sam at UND four years ago. He spent his first three years as a quiet presence in the locker room. But going into his senior season, he knew he needed to do more.

"Looking up to the seniors that had been there for four years, I put it on myself to not necessarily be a vocal leader but be a lead by example type of guy," Sadler said.

When the season ended a few weeks ago, Sadler had some interest from the Redhawks, but decided it was time to call it quits.

"It would have been a great experience, but ultimately I think it was time to hang it up. I had a great years, or a great college career. No regrets, but it was time to hang up the cleats," Sadler said.

Sadler plans to graduate from UND next semester and join the police academy.

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