Path to the Championship
The Gary SouthShore Railcats and the Fargo-Moorehead RedHawks are in the middle of a heated Best-of-Five Northern League Championship Series battle. The RedHawks lead the Railcats 4-3 at Newman Outdoor Field in Fargo until a rain suspension washed out the competition during Game 1 on Tuesday evening. Game 1 resumed today at 5 p.m. and it was the Railcats who came roaring back and beat out the RedHawks 6-4. The two-time Northern League Champs take a 1-0 series lead and continue their quest toward another Championship title at U.S. Steel Yard this evening.
For more information on the Championship series, visit www.northernleague.com.
Northern League Stars and Stripes
The Northern League joined in on the Labor Day weekend fun by awarding players/coaches/organizations for another season of independent baseball excellence.
Among the honorees were Schaumburg Flyers SS Travis Brown for Defensive Player of the Year and Gary SouthShore Railcats closer Andy Shipman (4-3-13,1.85 ERA) for Relief Pitcher of the Year. Rookie Flyers RHP Cephas Howard (3-1-6, 1.71 ERA) nabbed the Rookie Pitcher of the Year Award and Goldeyes SS Adam Frost received the Rookie Player of the Year Award.
Winnipeg Goldeyes General Manager Andrew Collier was named Executive of the Year and Gary SouthShore Railcats Manager Greg Tagert was named Manager of the Year.
Firings and Hirings
Former Joliet Field Manager Wally Backman was relieved of his managerial duties as of July 30th due to a low winning percentage. Former hitting coach Ira Smith took over for Backman as interim team manager, but even Smith couldn't get the job done as the Jackhammers finished in last place with a league-low 33 wins. Flyers right-handed starter Dustin Glant was traded to Tuscon (Golden League) for future considerations. The 2009 Northern League Field of All-Stars Home Run Derby winner and Joliet 1B Freddie Thon was traded to Long Island (Atlantic League) for a player TBS.