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Corry Shevlin has been one of the main contributors for the Jamestown Elks over the past few seasons. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Plenty of former Jimmies have continued their baseball-playing days with the Elks.

Not many are from further away than Corry Shevlin, though.

The Perth, Australia, native—about 10,300 miles from here—came to then Jamestown College in 2011 and has been a member of the Elks ever since.

"It was pretty expensive to go back and forth. A lot of of boys hung around in the summer—it's been a good time," said Shevlin, who has dual citizenship.

Back in Australia, Shevlin met Erik Church, who was playing professionally Down Under. Church connected Shevlin to University of Jamestown head coach Tom Hager and the rest is history. Although, there was a minor adjustment period.

"Back home you're playing two or three days a week," he said. "Here it's more serious. It's full on every day of the week."

Shevlin currently works at the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. The 24-year-old has been cutting back on his summer baseball, but will attempt to help the Elks repeat as the Class AAA champions this weekend. The tournament starts on Saturday at 11 a.m.

In recent years, the Elks have typically peaked at the right time. Shevlin thinks another such scenario is possible.

"I think we've played pretty well. It's like a lot of Elks seasons where we start getting a little more serious toward the business end of the season," he said. "When the state tournament rolls around, that's when we want to be playing our best."

The Elks continue to be managed by Boya Quichocho, who does as much on the field as off.

"When you have a guy like Boya, who probably is still the best player on the team, but he also does a lot of the organizing, scheduling and fundraising, he's the guy that really makes it happen," Shevlin said.

The tournament field also features the Jamestown Miller Lite Merchants, Bismarck and Mayville. The championship game will be played at about 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Winning baseball is pretty standard anywhere on the globe, something Shevlin knows quite well.

"Baseball is baseball. There might be minor rule differences from league to league, but nothing too dramatic," he said. "You gotta throw strikes. Hit the ball. Catch and throw ... those things are pretty universal no matter where you are."

Class AAA Schedule

Saturday

Game 1: Jamestown Elks vs. Bismarck, 11 a.m.

Game 2: Mayville vs. Jamestown Miller Lite Merchants, 1 p.m.

Game 3: Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser, 3 p.m.

Game 4: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner 5 p.m.

Sunday

Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1 p.m.

Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 3 p.m. (championship)

Dave Selvig
Selvig has been a sports writer at The Sun since 1999 and sports editor since 2009.
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