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New outfielder Jackson likely to find himself near top of Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks lineup

Nic Jackson will fit somewhere near the top of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks' batting order. Manager Doug Simunic isn't quite settled on the exact spot. Jackson batted leadoff Tuesday in a 4-3 Northern League exhibition victory against the Winnipeg...

Penprase catches Asanovich in a rundown
Winnipeg's Josh Asanovich is caught in a rundown by Fargo-Moorhead's Zach Penprase on Tuesday. David Samson / The Forum

Nic Jackson will fit somewhere near the top of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks' batting order.

Manager Doug Simunic isn't quite settled on the exact spot.

Jackson batted leadoff Tuesday in a 4-3 Northern League exhibition victory against the Winnipeg Goldeyes at Newman Outdoor Field.

Jackson batted third in F-M's preseason opener Monday.

"He can hit it over somebody's head. He can score runs," Simunic said. "You can put him in multiple spots in the lineup and he'll adapt wherever you put him."

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Jackson said he has switched between the No. 1 and 3 spots in the batting order throughout his pro career.

"It's nothing new to me," said Jackson, who went

1-for-5 with an infield single Tuesday against the Goldeyes.

The center fielder put up big numbers for Camden (N.J.) in the Atlantic League last summer. The left-handed swinging Jackson batted .333 with 36 doubles, five triples, 16 homes runs, 66 RBIs and 20 stolen bases in 107 games.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Jackson has advanced as high as Triple-A in his professional career.

"I like to be multi-faceted," Jackson said. "I try to do everything and try not to have any holes. ... I try to hit line drives and that's pretty much it. If you catch the ball right, the line drive will carry."

Jackson is taking over in center field for fan favorite Joe Mathis, who was a fixture for the RedHawks the previous six seasons.

"We're never going to replace Joe Mathis," Simunic said.

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However, Simunic thinks Jackson can provide a spark with his versatility.

"He can make some things happen," Simunic said. "His legs are fresh."

The RedHawks had six different pitchers take the mound against the Goldeyes. Simunic liked what he saw from each, especially right-hander Josh Giles.

Giles' fastball topped out at 92 miles per hour, working a scoreless ninth inning while striking out two.

"He was electric," Simunic said. "Overall, I thought everyone threw pretty decent."

WINNIPEG REDHAWKS

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Asnvich 2b 2 0 2 0 Jacksn cf 5 0 1 0

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Frost 2b 2 1 1 0 Cota 2b 5 1 1 0

Mthny 3b 3 0 0 0 deCastr 3b 3 1 1 0

West dh 4 1 2 2 Rick c 2 0 0 0

Patton cf 3 0 0 0 Zmmrn c 2 1 1 1

Diaz dh 4 0 0 0 Ppkrn 1b 4 0 2 1

Ehlers 1b 3 1 1 0 Justice lf 3 1 0 0

Brown lf 3 0 1 0 Pnrpse ss 4 0 0 1

Long ss 3 0 1 0 Borrell rf 3 0 1 0

Crowell rf 3 0 0 1 Gaylord dh 3 0 0 0

Rchrdsn c 2 0 0 0

Reimer c 1 0 0 0

Totals 33 3 8 3 Totals 34 4 7 3

Winnipeg 000 000 210-3 8 1

RedHawks 000 000 310-4 7 0

E-Metheny. DP-Winnipeg 1, RedHawks 2. LOB-Winnipeg 4, RedHawks 7. 2B-Elhers, Brown, Borrell. HR-West. SB-Frost, Zimmerman.

WINNIPEG

IP H R ER BB SO

Pfinsgraff 4 3 0 0 0 4

Odom 2 0 0 0 0 4

Cruse Xc 1 3 1 1 0

Spade Zc 0 0 0 2 1

Stewart L,0-1 1 2 1 0 1 2

Homer 1 1 0 0 0 0

REDHAWKS

IP H R ER BB SO

Coffman 3 2 0 0 0 0

Weitzman 2 1 0 0 1 3

Rowe 1 0 0 0 0 1

Fellman 1 2 2 2 0 1

Koerber W,1-0 1 2 1 1 0 1

Giles S,1 1 1 0 0 0 2

Umpires-Home: Darin Perius. First: Troy Davis. Third: Todd Molden. Time-2:30. A-1,615.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

Peterson's blogs can be found at www.areavoices.com

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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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