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Fargo South’s Alex DuBord is the new career saver for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks – InForum

Fargo South’s Alex DuBord is the new career saver for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks – InForum

FARGO — A few seasons ago, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks closer Alex DuBord was on the verge of being released. Now he is the most successful relief pitcher in franchise history.

DuBord broke a team record that stood for two decades on Wednesday night when the right-hander saved the Sioux City Explorers’ 5-4 victory in American Association baseball at Newman Outdoor Field.

DuBord made 48 saves in four seasons with the RedHawks, setting a new career record for the independent baseball club, which began play in 1996.

“Being from my hometown, there’s a little more emotion behind it,” says DuBord, a Fargo South graduate.

DuBord surpassed former RedHawks closer Steve Montgomery, who made 47 saves for FM from 2001 to 2003. Coincidentally, Montgomery, now Sioux City’s manager, was in the opposing dugout when DuBord set the new record.

After Wednesday’s game, DuBord said he received brief congratulations from Montgomery.

DuBord’s father, Roger DuBord, and his fiancée, Natalie Feldhake, were also at the stadium, along with Justin Wanzek, who worked as an assistant coach for DuBord at Fargo South.

“It was pretty cool that it all happened that way,” DuBord said.

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Sioux City manager Steve Montgomery (left) congratulates Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks closer Alex DuBord at Newman Outdoor Field on Wednesday, July 10, 2024. DuBord broke Montgomery’s career saves record with the RedHawks.

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DuBord, 27, ranks second in the American Association with 12 saves this season. He has a 2-2 record and a 4.98 ERA in 23 appearances.

“(DuBord) has been the backbone of our bullpen for four years,” RedHawks shortstop Sam Dexter said. “It’s no surprise he’s the all-time best saver. He deserves it.”

DuBord said it was a relief to break the record. He set the mark on July 3 in Lincoln and surpassed it a week later in Montgomery.

“I’m glad I’m over it,” DuBord said. “It was in my head. It put extra pressure on me that I didn’t really need.”

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound DuBord has compiled a record of 11-6 with a 3.22 ERA in his four seasons with the RedHawks, beginning in 2021.

“The guys who have been behind me for the last four years have played a big role,” said DuBord. “I couldn’t have done this alone. It’s definitely a good feeling.”

During the 2021 season, RedHawks manager Chris Coste said DuBord was close to being released before making a string of successful appearances. The rest is history.

“It’s definitely humbling to hear that,” DuBord said.

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Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks manager Chris Coste (right) gives Alex DuBord a closer hug on Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at Newman Outdoor Field after DuBord set the franchise’s career saves record.

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DuBord allowed two runs on two hits, three walks and two strikeouts in his appearance Wednesday night, setting the save record. It wasn’t as clean an inning as he had hoped. DuBord said he looked back at Dexter after one of the walks and Dexter gave DuBord an encouraging look, giving him a confident look.

“He’s the most competitive pitcher I’ve ever seen,” Dexter said. “I always try to cheer him on out there because he benefits from it pretty well.”

With the bases loaded and two outs, DuBord triggered a fielder’s decision that placed Dexter at shortstop and threw to second base, ending the game.

DuBord added that winning the 2022 American Association championship remains his proudest moment in professional baseball. He pitched three scoreless innings to earn the win in a dramatic Game 5 playoff against the Milwaukee Milkmen in September 2022, capturing the franchise’s first American Association title. The RedHawks have also won five Northern League championships.

“Ultimately, winning the championship is still the highlight of my career,” DuBord said.

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Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks closer Alex DuBord (center) poses with his father Roger DuBord (left) and fiancée Natalie Feldhake at Newman Outdoor Field on Wednesday, July 10, 2024. Earlier in the evening, Alex set the career saves record for the RedHawks.

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Eric Peterson

Peterson covers college sports for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps cover the North Dakota State football team. Peterson has been with the newspaper since 1996.