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Published July 26, 2011, 07:31 PM

From the Mound to the Dugout: Spies Continues Baseball Career

The college baseball career of Sioux pitcher David Spies ended a few months ago. But the Grand Forks native is still in the game as a coach for the Blues legion team.

The college baseball career of Sioux pitcher David Spies ended a few months ago. But the Grand Forks native is still in the game as a coach for the Blues legion team.

"A lot hit me there, but it was fun to take in and fun that a lot of people were there to see it and share it with me," Spies said, talking of his Senior Day.

UND's most valuable pitcher, Spies had two options. He could either walk away from baseball or coach it. He says it wasn't really a choice.

"I enjoy baseball too much, especially dealing with the kids. This is actually something I look forward to every summer. It's really fun to see them grow as people and players, so that's the main reason why I do the job," Spies said.

So he made a walk he is very familiar with after eight years of playing at Kraft Field. From the mound, over to the dugout to continue his baseball career as a coach.

"He's really funny, likes to get us going, tells a lot of jokes," Blues pitcher Danny Palmiscno said.

"I like to give the kids energy to feed off of. I like to help them with knowing what I've learned from multiple different coaches I've had over the years, I try to combine the good things I've learned," Spies said.

"I try to look at a lot of things he does and look at him because he succeeded at a college Division I level," Blues pitcher Brady Regimbal said.

Spies says he still isn't sure where he wants to work now that he's graduated, but he is sure he isn't ready to be done with baseball.

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