RedHawks manager Coste says fans gave ‘World Series’ feel to championship-clinching Game 5 victory at Newman – InForum

FARGO — An emotional Chris Coste grabbed the microphone because the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks had been being introduced the Miles Wolff Cup for profitable the American Association baseball championship Thursday evening at Newman Outdoor Field.

The RedHawks manager made positive to cope with the fans who stayed for the postgame birthday celebration.

“We may not have 5,000 people here, but we have the right people here every single playoff game,” Coste stated. “Wow. Awesome. Give yourselves a hand. … Giddy-up.”

The RedHawks rallied from a 5-run deficit after six innings to earn a suspense-stuffed 9-8 victory in opposition to the Milwaukee Milkmen in 10 innings in a decisive Game 5 prior to 1,236 fans.

A dramatic and at instances electrical evening at the ballpark ended with F-M profitable its first American Association championship.

“The fans wanted the championship as much as us, and that as players, coaches, managers, that makes it feel like a World Series,” stated Coste, who gained a World Series championship with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008.

The RedHawks gained a league championship for the primary time since 2010 and their 6th general. The earlier 5 titles got here within the Northern League, which F-M was once a member from 1996-2010 prior to shifting to the American Association in 2011.

The RedHawks trailed 8-3 on Thursday evening after the Milkmen had a six-run 6th inning that gave the impression to be a knockout blow at the time. F-M, then again, clawed again into the sport with a 5-run 7th inning that in the end compelled additional innings.

“Incredible to win this,” stated RedHawks participant staff guide Jeff Bittiger, who has been concerned with the franchise as a participant, trainer or guide since its first season. “Who comes back from 8-3 in the seventh in a Game 5? We could have replayed that game probably 100 times and 99 times, we (would) lose. I don’t believe in meant-to-be, but this right here will give you pause. … I’m emotionally spent right now.”

Coste — who performed for the 1998 RedHawks staff that gained the franchise’s first Northern League championship — welled up with emotion within the postgame aftermath. During the common season, the Fargo South graduate neglected time whilst coping with neurological problems in his again and decrease frame. Coste’s well being advanced because the season improved after which culminated with championship.

“Everything that you put into it, to end up like this, the emotions get to you and it’s a great thing,” Coste stated. (*5*)

The RedHawks misplaced to the Kansas City Monarchs within the championship collection final season. F-M knocked off the Monarchs within the West Division championship collection this postseason prior to beating Milwaukee to win the league identify. The RedHawks had a 5-0 document this postseason in video games by which they confronted removing. They misplaced Game 1 within the 3 playoff collection they gained, together with the championship.

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F-M Redhawks 3rd baseman Leobaldo Pina delivers the sport-profitable hit in opposition to Milwaukee for the Miles Wolff Cup baseball championship Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, at Newman Outdoor Field.

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“To win in this environment, it was so hard,” Bittiger stated. “To beat Kansas City, that was a gigantic hurdle.”

Third baseman Leo Pina — in his 5th season with the RedHawks — proved to be the Game 5 hero. His RBI unmarried within the tenth inning scored veteran catcher Christian Correa from 2nd base, atmosphere off a wild on-box birthday celebration and sending the group right into a frenzy.

“He’s now an all-time great, he’s now a RedHawks all-time great,” Bittiger stated. “He’s been a constant and also a great kid.”

Pina was once named probably the most treasured participant for the championship collection, capping a stellar postseason. Pina batted .347 (17 of 49) with seven doubles, two triples and 6 RBIs in 11 playoff video games to move in conjunction with glowing protection at 3rd base.

Coste stated Pina has established himself top-of-the-line gamers in franchise historical past. The RedHawks inaugural season was once in 1996.

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The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks have a good time their defeat of Milwaukee for the Miles Wolff Cup baseball championship Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, at Newman Outdoor Field.

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“You would now put Leo Pina right there with (shortstop) Zach Penprase and (center fielder) Joe Mathis,” Coste stated. “He’s as RedHawk of a player as this organization has ever had.”

Fargo South graduate Alex DuBord closed the door for the RedHawks on Thursday evening. The staff’s proper-passed nearer and American Association aid pitcher of the yr pitched 3 scoreless, hitless innings to earn the victory in opposition to the Milkmen.

“What he’s meant to us the last two years now, you can’t even calculate his value,” Coste stated of DuBord, who had 23 saves all through the common season. “He showed it in Game 5. It’s awesome that he’s a local guy, but it’s even better that he’s really good and he’s a great teammate. He proved himself as the relief pitcher of the year.”

DuBord stated after Game 5 that he wasn’t going to be got rid of from the sport as soon as he entered within the 8th inning.

“I don’t want to be selfish, but once again this is my hometown and I wanted this more than anything I could imagine,” DuBord stated. “So I told (Coste) when I came out, I got the rest of the game, win or lose.”

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