Mandan enters the state baseball tournament as the No. 6 seed, which is about what the Chiefs would have guessed at the beginning of the summer.
That's because Mandan has a young roster and it was going to take some time to put it together, which has happened according to head coach Ryne Jungling.
"We lost our first five conference games. We didn't beat a North Dakota opponent until the third week of June, but since that point we've really started to improve and have had a really good month of July which is what we come into the year talking about. We came in saying if we are playing the best baseball we can play when we roll into late July and roll into the state tournament we're going to be pretty confident and I feel like that's where we're at right now," Jungling said.
Mandan's first game at the Class AA legion baseball tournament is against Grand Forks at 3 p.m. CST on Wednesday.