Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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FARGO—For Azaria Reel, an 8-year-old from West Fargo, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz looked a lot different in person. Reel and her family got to meet and take a photo with the former North Dakota State Bison standout Tuesday night at the Avalon Events Center. "He was a lot taller and he looked a lot different than I've seen in pictures," Reel said. "It was just amazing meeting him."
FARGO—Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks infielder Mitch Delfino already had an aptitude for baseball at 2 years old. "I could name every guy on the 25-man roster for the (San Francisco) Giants," said Delfino, who grew up in Cloverdale, Calif. More than two decades later, that love for the game hasn't faded for Delfino, who is in his sixth professional season.
FARGO—Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks starter Tyler Herron was pitching in the Far East, representing a baseball team from the Middle East last March. Herron played for Israel in the World Baseball Classic. "The best experience I've ever had in baseball for sure," Herron said. Vaughn Bryan made a chilly Saturday night a good experience for the RedHawks, delivering the go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning. Bryan's run-scoring hit lifted F-M to a 4-3 victory against the Gary SouthShore RailCats in American Association baseball before 2,855 fans at Newman Outdoor Field.
FARGO—Maury Wills sat in his museum Friday afternoon at Newman Outdoor Field, surrounded by pieces of his storied professional baseball career. Each item had a story attached for the former Los Angeles Dodgers great. Wills pointed out the banjo he got during his playing days from the co-pilot of the Dodgers team plane.
FARGO—Charlie Valerio's Sunday afternoon ended with his teammates chasing him around the Newman Outdoor Field infield and trying to douse him with water in short center field. That scene played out moments after Valerio delivered the game-winning hit. Valerio laced an RBI double into right field that lifted the RedHawks to a come-from-behind 7-6 victory in 10 innings against the Wichita Wingnuts in American Association baseball before 2,558 fans. "It was fun," said Valerio, who went 2-for-4 and also scored two runs. "I had fun. I like it because I keep my team happy."
FARGO—Michael O'Neal is a starting pitcher for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, yet he's a true left-handed specialist. Throwing a baseball is the only thing he does effectively left-handed. "I do everything else right-handed," O'Neal said with a smile. The one-dimensional southpaw wasn't in action Friday night with the RedHawks hosting the Wichita Wingnuts. Wichita scored six runs in the first three innings to spark a 15-2 victory against the RedHawks in American Association baseball before 3,833 fans.
FARGO—Casey Weathers said he never really thought about pitching until he played at Sacramento City College. A position player through high school, Weathers was messing around after practice one day there, throwing pitches clocked with a radar gun. The right-hander was clocked at 94 miles per hour. "That was the start of my conversion to a pitcher," said Weathers, now the closer for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
FARGO—Postgame fireworks lit up the sky after Monday's home opener, but the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks couldn't generate enough oohs and aahs for the home crowd during the game. The Sioux City Explorers limited the RedHawks to seven hits, including only one extra-base hit, en route to a 5-3 victory in American Association baseball before 3,840 fans on a cold, breezy night at Newman Outdoor Field. "Overall, we've got to hit a little better," RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said.
FARGO—One of the more recognizable characters from an iconic sitcom is set to spend an evening at Newman Outdoor Field this summer. Dennis Haskins, who played Mr. Belding from "Saved by the Bell," will help the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks celebrate "Educators Appreciation Night" on July 31 against the Sioux Falls Canaries.
FARGO—West Fargo senior pitcher Stephi Dullum lost her no-hitter in the seventh inning Saturday, but didn't lose her cool. With the tying run in scoring position, Dullum struck out the final three batters to close out a 2-1 victory against Fargo North for the East Region softball championship at Mickelson Field. "I had to refocus, regroup and go after it," said Dullum, who finished with a one-hitter and was named region senior athlete of the year.