The 2021 Fargo Moorhead Softball Hall of Fame induction ceremony is 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Northside Softball Complex in Fargo. The 2021 Fargo Moorhead Softball Hall of Fame inductees are: Collette Folstad; Doug Millar; Charlie Johnson; Willie Brown; Rick Roggensack; and Jim “Jolly” Hirchert.
The event will be held in conjunction with the 2021 North Dakota USA Softball Co-Ed State Slow-pitch Softball Tournament.
Collette Folstad has been a part of the Fargo-Moorhead area softball scene for 29 years as a player, coach, and sponsor. She played, coached and sponsored 21 years of fastpitch and eight years of slow-pitch. Collette’s teams played in 18 state tournaments and earned two runner-up and a third-place finish at the national level. She also held many positions of leadership with the F-M Women’s Softball Association and was an advocate for young women in the game.
Doug Millar played fastpitch softball for 20 years for several teams, including Lepird Drywall, Fargo Stars, Moose Lodge and Coors Light. He also managed fastpitch teams for five years. Millar was a top-notch first baseman in the field and at the plate, and he played on three state championship teams. He played in eight national tournaments and was named to the national All-American team in 1986. Millar also served in leadership positions with the F-M Fastpitch Softball Association.
Charlie Johnson has umpired fastpitch softball in the Fargo-Moorhead area for 35 years. He has umpired 42 state tournaments and 49 national tournaments. Johnson also umpires NAIA and NCAA collegiate fastpitch. Johnson is widely considered one of the best umpires to have come out of the Fargo-Moorhead area.
Willie Brown played and umpired slow-pitch softball for 39 years. He played for several teams, including Budweiser, Miller Lite, Elks and The Box. Willie was known as a solid hitter and outfielder and catcher. He played for six state championship teams and played in six national tournaments. Brown has umpired in six national tournaments. He also managed slow-pitch softball teams for 20 years. Brown served on the Moorhead Softball Board for 15 years.
Rick Roggensack played fastpitch softball for 20 years for several teams, including Roggensack Insulation, Taco Johns, and Highway Host. He also managed and sponsored teams for 20 years. Roggensack was a respected pitcher and first baseman who played on one state championship team. He also served on multiple national tournament committees with the F-M Fastpitch Softball Association.
Jim “Jolly” Hirchert played fastpitch softball for 29 years for teams such as Butch’s Saloon, Lariat Bar, Wild Rice Bar, M&J Auto Parts, Silver Dollar Bar, Advanced Heating/Town Hall Bar, LTP Well Drilling, Dan’s Oil & Service and Traffic Safety. He also co-managed the Advanced Heating/Town Hall Bar team with Mike McLeod. Hirchert was a solid hitter, catcher and outfielder who played on three state championship teams. He played in six national tournaments.