It took 24 innings of baseball to get the job done and two wild games which featured dramatic moments including a walk-off walk and leaping catch to rob a home run. When it was all said and done, the Moorhead Brewers came away (exhausted) with a top seed in the upcoming exclusive 8-team state tournament starting Saturday August 24th.
Running a tournament AND playing can be taxing. The Brewers put in quite an effort to revive Jack Williams in preparation for the weekend after the Legion Central Plains Regional the week before. On Friday night, the game with Isanti went late into the night. In the bottom of the 15th inning, Blake Turbak drew a bases-loaded, full count walk to end the game. The Brewers beat Shakopee 4-2 thanks to some great defensive plays, including what is widely accepted as the "Play of the Year" when Matt Achter leaped the left field wall to rob Shakopee's Hoover of a 3-run home run. Spencer Flaten also made a diving catch in centerfield to end Shakopee's threat in the bottom of the 9th. Phew. What a weekend!
On behalf of the cities of Fargo and Moorhead, I’m happy to be able to welcome you to our community for the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Super Section. We are proud to have you here, and we know you won’t be disappointed.
Fargo-Moorhead is a great combination of two cities in two counties in two states, with a metro population of around 200,000 welcoming people. And in case you’re interested, our communities have a long history of supporting baseball. Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo each have a vibrant American Legion Baseball programs, fed by an equally robust Babe Ruth Baseball program. NDSU plays Division I college baseball, while the Division III program flourishes at Concordia College. And of course, since 1996 we’ve been home to the F-M Redhawks, perennial powers in the Independent Northern League first, and now in the American Association.
While you’re here, please take advantage of one of our more than 350 restaurants, sample the vibrant night life downtown, and shop at West Acres, one of the largest regional shopping centers in the upper Midwest. While you’re shopping, do not miss the opportunity to visit the Roger Maris Museum, conveniently located on the west end of the Mall’s main corridor. Also take time to visit at least one of our many other attractions, which include an air museum, a zoo specializing in rare and endangered species, art museums and a pioneer village.
No matter what you choose to do while you’re here, I know you’ll find that our real treasure is the people who live here. They are the reason we love to say that Fargo-Moorhead is “Always Warm.”
Yours truly, Steve Saxlund Director of Sports