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Duluth Marshall’s Ben Pedersen reflects on whirlwind week

DULUTH, MN- It’s been an eventful week for Duluth Marshall senior pitcher Ben Pedersen.

On Wednesday, Pedersen was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 38th round of the MLB draft.

Then just a day later, Pedersen was playing 3rd base and helped lead Duluth Marshall to their 3rd straight state tournament appearance with a 9-0 win over Esko in the Section 7AA title game.

Pedersen says no decision is imminent but he still says he’s shocked by the call of a lifetime.

“I knew I was getting scouted throughout the spring and stuff like that and I started talking with a guy from the Orioles a couple years ago at the tournament, I had no idea who the guy was until he told me. I hit refresh after practice got done when I was out in my car. I was like the first name on the list. It was pretty funny, I was sort of shocked by it,” said Pedersen.

“Until you actually saw his name pop up you didn’t know what to expect, and it was incredibly exciting to be sitting at work and having his name pop up on my phone as being drafted by the Orioles, there was a lot of fist pumping at city hall in Hermantown where I work,” added Head Coach, Joe Wicklund.

Neil Vierzba

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