Baseball Posted: Friday, April 8, 2011
Former NCTC Baseball Player Signs Pro Baseball Contract
Last summer former Northland Community and Technical College baseball player Alex Sumner signed a contract to play professional baseball with the Golden Baseball League. After a stint with the New York State League, where he was named an all-star shortstop, batting .363, he played for the St. George Roadrunners in Utah. Now, Sumner has signed to play much closer to home.
Sumner, an East Grand Forks, Minn., native who played shortstop and second base for the Pioneers prior to his graduation in 2007, has signed to play with the Fargo-Moorhead Red Hawks, it was announced recently. The Red Hawks are a part of the American Association, an independent professional baseball league, and are located in Fargo, N.D.
Alex began his baseball career, playing little league baseball in Thief River Falls until his family moved to Grand Forks while still in grade school. Alex was the leadoff hitter for the Pioneers his sophomore season, hitting .359 and lead the Pioneers to the MCAC state tournament. After two seasons with Northland, Alex transferred to Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota where he played 2nd base for two years. Terry Wiseth, long time assistant baseball coach at Northland says “This is a well-deserved honor for Alex, as he has worked hard to become a great ball player.”
Alex commented “Talk about dreams coming true! All my life I had wanted to become a professional baseball player.”
Sumner, who is listed as an infielder on the Red Hawks roster, played in 12 games for the Roadrunners this past summer. He had 39 hits, including a double, and scored two runs in 34 at-bats. He recorded two RBIs and drew three walks with seven strikeouts and a single stolen base. Sumner batted .265 with St. George.
During his time with the New York State League, Sumner hit .363 while recording 53 hits and scoring 35 runs in 146 at-bats. He had eight doubles, 17 RBIs and walked 18 times. He also had a slugging percentage of .418.
The Red Hawks open the 2011 season Sunday, May 8, with a two-game series against the Sioux Falls Pheasants. The Red Hawks last regular-season game is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 30, at home against the Kansas City T-Bones.
Alex is the 2nd Northland Pioneer to sign a professional baseball contract. Left-handed pitcher Shawn Ohman from Detroit Lakes, who played in 1992 for the Pioneers, played professionally for Lethbridge and Regina from 1993 – 1995.
Northland Community and Technical College is a comprehensive college with campuses in East Grand Forks, Minn., and Thief River Falls, Minn. One- and two-year degrees, transfer programs and diploma certification are available in a variety of majors, as well as workforce training and continuing education programs. NCTC is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Visit the College at www.northlandcollege.edu. NCTC is an equal opportunity educator and employer