'You never want to get away from them'; Fargo's former Little League stars leading Post 2
A group of seven players are continuing a bond that started in tee-ball.
FARGO — When the heat of the summer rises, Fargo Post 2 usually does as well.
Post 2 has won 16 of its first 18 games to begin 2022, scoring five or more runs in 14 of those games.
Most high school kids are getting to go on vacation when the summer arrives. For Legion baseball players like those with Post 2, getting on the field is their vacation.
"I'm not even sure I know what a day off looks like," shortstop Tommy Simon said. "Get up, eat breakfast, go to practice, I'm here until we're done and then I'm usually back for a game at night if we have them. It's a second home."
For Simon, Adam and Jordan Leininger, Boden and Landon Meier, Charlie Kalbrener, and Connor Holm, the diamond is place where they've bonded into much more than teammates.
This group of seven players have been around each other since the days of tee-ball, learning the game together.
"It's a lot of summers, lot of hotels together, so we really get to know everyone, you get close to everyone," Adam said.
"It's probably some of the most fun memories I've ever had in my life," Holm said.
Those memories include playing on ESPN in 2018, when their Little League team nearly represented Fargo in the Little League World Series, falling one game shy.
The next year, that same team, going by the Fargo Dirt Dawgs, went 56-0 and wrapped it up with a 13U Babe Ruth World Series championship.
"Playing all those games as kids makes it easier now, and being so successful when you're young is a motivator," Kalbrener said.
The wins and championships all make it special, they say. It's the miles on the road, the nights in the hotels, however, that stick with them more.
"We've almost become a family at this point. It's just a brotherhood," Landon Meier said. "We all know each other, in and out, and they're pretty much our closest friends."
"I've spent so many baseball games, so much time with these guys, I can't pick out certain times that were my favorite. They're all my favorite," Jordan Leininger said.
So it's no surprise they've already gotten out to a flying start this season with Fargo Post 2. Almost all they've known is playing successful baseball together.
"It's a blessing," Simon said. "Being with these boys all the time, you never want to get away from them."
"It's hard to get annoyed with them," Kalbrener said. "I'm not sure why, it just is."