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Brandon Kupfer to pitch at Mayville State University

Brandon Kupfer will make the transition from a winning high school program to a winning college program at Mayville State University next fall. Robert Williams/FOCUS

NEW YORK MILLS — Head Coach Chris Bushinger’s New York Mills Eagles baseball team has three consecutive trips to the state tournament to build upon this season and Brandon Kupfer has been a big part of all of those teams.

Kupfer will make his final trip to the mound as a senior this season on a quest to improve on last year’s third place state finish before playing for Mayville State University next year. Kupfer will sign a national letter of intent to attend Mayville and play for the Comets beginning in the fall of 2014.

“I was in touch with them for the last year and went on a couple visits and loved the campus and they have a great baseball program,” Kupfer said. “A great coaching staff  made it an easy decision for me.”

Kupfer also looked at playing for Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Concordia College, Jamestown, Century College and M-State Fergus Falls.

“The biggest reason I'm going here is for baseball, but it helped that I liked the campus and coaching staff,” said Kupfer.

Mayville State is a definitive baseball school with a rich history and has been a favorite school of regional ball players for decades.

“We are very excited to have Brandon committed to attending Mayville State University and be a part of our tradition-rich Comets Baseball program,” Head Coach Scott Berry said.

Berry won his 900th game last season. Berry's teams have won 21 conference championships (17 consecutive), 18 conference playoff championships, and 23 appearances in the national playoffs (20 of the last 22 years).

If one wants to play baseball and win, Mayville State certainly allots that possibility. The Comets were 35-8-1 last season and qualified for the NAIA National Tournament.

“Brandon has been on our radar for a few years now and my assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Pete Pratt has done a tremendous job of building a relationship with the Kupfers,” said Berry. “Brandon has had an outstanding career on some very good teams and he has shown us that he has the ability and competitiveness to compete at the next level. We believe that if he continues to work at his game and grow as a competitor, he has a bright future at Mayville State.”

The Comets have a freshman one-two punch on the mound after also signing talented hurler Mason Swegarden of Lake Park-Audubon. Both Swegarden and Kupfer have the ability to control games from the mound, while being two-way players with big pop at the plate.

Away from the diamond, Kupfer will be pursuing a degree in business management, but baseball is certainly a priority, right along with an education.

“I would love to keep going after college,” Kupfer said. “That is my dream but wherever it takes me is where I'll go. As long as my body holds up I'll be on the diamond. I will be pitching, just have to show up this fall ready to work hard and improve.”

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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