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Former FM RedHawk gets rose on 'Bachelorette'

This publicity image released by ABC shows Chris Siegfried, left, placing a ring on the finger of Desiree Hartsock during the final rose ceremony on the romance competition series "The Bachelorette," on the season finale that aired Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 on ABC. (AP Photo/ABC, Francisco Roman)

By Eric Peterson / The Forum

FARGO - Former Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks pitcher Chris Siegfried slid into the national spotlight Monday night when he received the final rose from Desiree Hartsock on ABC’s “Bachelorette” finale.

Hartstock and Siegfried made the media circuit Tuesday in New York talking about their engagement.

Here in Fargo, his former RedHawks teammates remembered the 6-foot-5 relief pitcher who ended his 2011 season – and career – early due to injury.

“He was pretty effective,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said. “If he was able to stay healthy he would have been with us the whole season, or would have been picked up by a (major league) organization.”

RedHawks shortstop Zach Penprase remembers playing with Siegfried during that 2011 season.

“He was a big part of our pitching staff,” Penprase said. “He was a real nice guy. We were cool. We talked a little bit.”

Simunic has watched “The Bachelorette” on a few occasions with his 16-year-old daughter, Allaysn.

“I may have tuned in with my daughter for about a 10- or 15-minute window,” Simunic said.

Simunic ­– who is in his 18th season with the RedHawks – said this is the first time one of his former players has gone on to become a reality TV star.

“I’ve never had anything like that before,” Simunic said.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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