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SR: Summer Rumbles I

With each passing week 2020 seems to get more chaotic and tragic. The virus shutting so much of America down was one thing but the events of the last few weeks are on another level. I've heard many people offer suggestions about how things could improve, but to me there's always something missing from them. So this week I reflected back on something I've heard all my life. Something, that if present in our lives, would have prevented the death & destruction that is ongoing. 9 characteristics that we should all want in our lives. Even during a sports-free time such as we are in, I prefer to stick to sports but not even I can't do that at the expense of sharing something which can benefit and improve daily life.

It was a real good news/bad news week for the Purple. On the downside, their stalwart running back decided that he would be holding out from all team activities until he gets an extension. There are some contract wrinkles that may work in the favor of the team but it's going to be a messy situation no matter what. Too bad they didn't draft more insurance at the position.

On a positive note, the Wilfs are making another move to help aid the community through social justice initiatives by way of a $5,000,000 donation.

It was announced this week that North Dakota's Lady of the Links would be inducted into the Summit League Hall of Fame. Being that she's only 7 years removed from campus, it's just a bit more evidence that Amy Olson is a rare type, if her on going stint on the LPGA tour or current NCAA record for victories wasn't proof enough already.

Like their Norse neighbors, the Twins had an up & down week. The downer was also beyond their control as the league and players association reached an impasse in their ongoing quarrel so the ⚾️ world gets to wait & see how it concludes.

The counter to that was two positive developments, the first being a $25,000,000 commitment by the Pohlad's toward "racial justice." If that turns out to be more bailouts for rioters and looters then it's a sham piece of public relations but I'm choosing to be optimistic about it. The second development was new additions via the draft and in the aftermath. They only had four picks during the five rounds which brought in Aaron Sabato (1B) UNC, Alerick Soularie (OF) Ten, Marco Raya (RHP) USHS & Kala'i Rosario (OF) Waiakea HS while reportedly agreeing to a deal with undrafted John Stankiewicz (RHP) Fordham today. Only time will tell whether they get on the field for the organization this year or ever but that uncertainty added intrigue to the draft where there is typically very little.

While a large portion of the seam-head community waits for some measure of good news, the FM area got a surplus this week. It came when the American Association announced that Newman will be home to Winnipeg this Summer as one of three hub cities hosting the six teams that will take the field. Besides the fact that it rewards those who are looking to get out of the grib of the virus, it means that there will potentially be more games played at the field than normal, though some of the finer details are still to be announced.

The substitutionary "Impact League" got underway this week with a few results for nearby class B teams. Kindred defeated Northern Cass 8-5 behind a complete game by Abby McDonald with 6 K's. Central Cass went against Thompson & pulled off a 2-0 win

Post 2 kept their early-season success going this week with a doubleheader sweep over Dickinson 7-5 & 12-1 then a 12-3 win over Minot a day later which included a grand slam by Cole Hage as he totaled 6 RBIs while Tyler Thrash had a complete game on the mound. Just ahead of the weekend they had another sweep, this time over Bismarck 6-1 & 6-5 in a pair of balanced wins. P2 traveled from the capital to Sioux Falls where they came from behind with a six-run surge over New Prague to win the Dakota Classic for the second straight year, 9-7 while moving to 11-1 on the season. They will be at home on Wednesday for a pair against EGF before hitting the road again.