Summer Rumbles IV
ICYMI, took a deep dive look at how things could best playout for the Purple this season.
Don Larson's announcement of retirement came some time ago but it wasn't until this past week that his tremendous run passed the finish line. In similar fashion to the other uber-successful programs, I expect continuity will be a factor in Matt Larsen's decision but the ongoing larger issues could delay the appointment.
Speaking of delays, the Oregon trail got a potential landmine this week when the Ducks governor mandated masks to be worn. Two months to the day may be enough time for a reversal or an exception to be made but the impact on the chance for Lance & the guys to get their shot can't be ignored.
On a positive note, the Women's 🏀 team announced that they will face a second Wisconsin U in the span of a week in mid-November, this time Green Bay on Nov 17.
From Moorhead to Moorhead, the Dragons got a commitment by Princess York for their Track team from the Spuds.
Conflicting facts, MN wants to not have an eight-month offseason while players don't want to get hurt doing meaningless competition. A proposed second bubble in September would satisfy the first desire but probably won't happen because of the second. It's another one for the book of Minnesota misery but I'd rather not have Towns or Russell miss time when the games count because maybe the system that Rosas & Saunders put in will woo some more talent to TC. IF that happens then who knows, maybe they could be a playoff team again next season!
The championship hopefuls began their march toward October this week by finalizing their 60 man roster, having pitchers & catchers report and getting the results of the first wave of tests. Miguel Sano was the most high-profile of those to test positive while Willians Astudillo, Nick Gordon & Edwar Colina also went into isolation after the results.
Minnesota also finalized a deal with the lone unsigned member of the latest draft class, Kala'i Rosario for $270,000. Now comes the little matter of figuring out how all the minor leaguers who aren't on the roster this year will develop, NBD.
West Fargo's Andy Young got more good news in his major league journey by being included in Arizona's roster. He still has a lot of work to do to stick but good news is good news!
This week in Impact League action included a 10-4 win by Central Cass over Hankinson with 10 strikeouts in relief by Aubree Lindstrom. Hankinson recovered against Kindred 16-6 that included a grand slam by Hailey Arth to secure the #2 seed in the upcoming playoff.
In the ongoing theme of better late than never, the birds waited until the third game against Winnipeg to notch win number one and even then it took two extra innings for the walk-off by Trey Hair.
Not to gush about the Goldeyes but for anyone looking to just watch the game without a specific rooting interest they showed that they can be a good option in all three games, including a 15-1 win yesterday.
Post 2 started the week in Moorhead but the Blues were the sad squad at the end as Fargo won 13-2 thanks in large part to a 7 RBI game by Caden Headlee. From there, P2 traveled to Watertown for a Wednesday doubleheader. They got a 2-1 walk-off win over Pierre by Jace Dew after Andrew Linn & Sam Moser combined for a no-hitter. I'm actually more impressed that a team scored a run without a hit than I am by the walk-off but that put their winning streak at 11 games. They followed that up with a 13-5 win over Watertown with five more RBIs by Headlee. When they got back to town West Fargo was waiting for the third & fourth meeting of the season. Fargo made it 3-0 with a 7-5 win as Headlee & Drew Sandy each added three RBIs before completing the season sweep, 9-4 behind a balanced offense and enough effective pitching.