SR: Summer Rumbles III
The Bison added a few more destinations to the roster for Winter as men's 🏀 added a Dec 5 date with Cal Poly then onto to Eastern Washington for a Dec 8 showdown. On Dec 13 the women will be in Ames for another tournament-caliber test for the up & comers.
Moorhead State finalized their 🏐 schedule. As with 🏈, it will be an exclusively conference schedule with mid-September start dates for each
Just as the calendar was flipping on the week Nelson Cruz was awarded the 2020 Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award as a part of this year's ESPYs. A couple of days after that they came to terms with Aaron Sabato on a contract that exceeded the 27th selection value by $180,000. That's couch cushion money to billionaires but continues the team's recent trend of paying, even if none of it has gone to a top-tier pitcher. On the heels of that came news of how the schedule will breakdown with 10 games against each of the AL Central teams while the remaining 20 will be against the NL Central. With Pittsburgh being the outlier, there may be a chance to enjoy some ⚾️ away from home without extensive travel being required - depending on capacity decisions, of course.
As the players make their way to Minnesota, the plan is to get tested here and after getting the all-clear, the team will work in "tiers" to limit the number of bodies on the premises, which is also still being determined - both the UofM & CHS field are in consideration for use by the organization.
As plans continue to be formulated there will be more special approaches taken this season. For the Twinx that includes two of their well-seasoned coaches being placed on paid leave to avoid risk. In other footnote news, it has been reported that all 60 games will be broadcast on the radio from the home press box via a monitor for road games. Maybe it won't sound any different but they're crossing their fingers that technology doesn't fail them! A walk-off home run being missed due to a blackout would be oh-so Minnesotan.
In the Impact League, Thompson got past Northern Cass 15-9 while Central Cass edged Kindred 2-0. To date, Casselton is 4-0, Hankinson is 4-1 & Kindred is 3-2 as the only ones above .500.
Well ahead of the season, Davies announced who will captain the boy's 🏒 team in the upcoming season Barron Stibbe, Dylan Jensen, Trent Wiemken & Easton Rerick.
Fargo continued to retool their roster with signings, releases and a trade with the High Point Rockers of the Atlantic League for a player to be named later. With games set to begin on Friday, there will be much more to talk about soon but the moves that were made may determine how long they will play into September!
On Tuesday evening Post 2 boat raced Kindred 14-2 with contributions by all the guys who got more than one at-bat.
Post 2 jumped off from that into the augural Jim Petterson Invite across four fields and including teams from both Dakotas and Minnesota. Fargo 400 took part as well but fell 17-7 to the MN Blizzard in their first action. In their opener to the tournament, P2 took care of Moorhead 8-0. West Fargo started with an 11-3 win over Le Sueur. Moorhead bounced back with an 8-0 win of their own, over Excelsior and then again over Rogers, 7-4. WF got back on the field with a 6-0 win over Watertown. P2 defeated Rogers 5-0. 400 edged Chanhassen 6-5 and then Wayzata 2-1. West Fargo kept their bats hot against Excelsior 2, 14-1. Post 2 took care of Excelsior 12-4 and then the Blizzard 7-2 to advance to the championship. Before the trophy was raised, 400 squeaked out a win over Moorhead 3-2. West Fargo got past Wayzata 3-0 to reach the championship game as well. It took all 9 innings but the hosts raised it up with a 5-4 W.