Spuds baseball team hoping to keep up school's winning waysMoorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - A new season of baseball opens tomorrow in Moorhead when the Spuds host Brainerd. It's been a very successful year so far on the east side of the river and the baseball team hopes to be next in line.
By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY
A new season of baseball opens tomorrow in Moorhead when the Spuds host Brainerd. It's been a very successful year so far on the east side of the river and the baseball team hopes to be next in line.
Moorhead baseball player Cody Rahman has had a busy senior year.
Cody Rahman – Spuds Junior Infielder: “First it was football, then it was hockey, now pretty much the expectation is to make it in all three.”
Along with football and hockey, the boys’ basketball team also advanced to a state tournament this year. Making Moorhead a regular come state tournament time.
Thomas Carey – Spuds Junior Infielder: “You get out there and go through the tunnel in hockey. You see a big white light and it's just packed with people and it's just so much fun being on TV and everything and just experiencing the whole thing.”
Peter MacFarlane – 2 State Trips (Football & Hockey): “There's excitement, the schools are crazy, a lot of expectations for both teams and that just makes it all the more fun.”
A total of 9 players on the Spuds baseball roster have already played in a state tournament this year. It's experience that they hope will give them an edge this spring.
Thomas Carey: “We know what it's like and we know what it takes to get there. And we want to be able to get there in baseball, too.”
One state trip may have ended up hurting the baseball team, Michael Bitzer, who backstopped the Spuds to a state tournament berth. Is playing junior hockey in Alexandria, meaning one of the team's top hitters from last year may not return.
Greg Salvevold – 6th Year Moorhead Head Coach: “I've kind of expected that he wouldn't be here because of the success in hockey and what might happen for him in hockey. But, right now we're focusing on our team, here.”
With 12 starters on the roster including many with big-game experience, these Spuds are ready to make a run.
Cody Rahman: “I think it just adds a little fuel to the fire. I've always wanted to make it to a state tournament in baseball, I've never been there.”
Thomas Carey: “We definitely want to make it back to state. We haven't been there for a while. The expectations are pretty high and this is a pretty good group of guys.”
They’re a group hoping to continue a winning trend. It's been a while for the Spuds. Their last trip to state was in 1990.