Because he has Down Syndrome, Alec Penney, of South Fargo, N.D., doesn’t get to play much on the Fargo South High School baseball team. He’s never gotten a chance to hit.
But when the squad took on the Perham, Minn., team at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday in a non-conference game, Penney, 17, was penciled in as the designated hitter.
So he hit. Of course.
Alas, Perham beat Fargo South 4-to-3.
Alec got two hits and scored a run.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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