Getting to Fargo was half the fun for group
By Mark Wineka
Well, they made it.
The improbable traveling group of Jenny Fox, Genny Reed, Brent Yost and Drew Sechler arrived at the Econo Lodge in Fargo on Friday morning after a two-day trip from Salisbury.
They were tired but ready for some baseball.
“We’ve been ready,” said Fox, a longtime Rowan County Legion baseball fan.
The foursome forged a friendship at Legion games over recent summers. Yost and Sechler are cousins and students at Appalachian State University. Suffice it to say the women are older. Reed’s grandson, Russell Michalec, plays for the Rowan boys.
“It’s a strange combination, isn’t it?” Fox said of the entourage.
But their love of legion baseball spans the generation gaps.
The group stayed overnight Wednesday in Indiana and overnight Thursday in Minnesota.
“I’ve enjoyed it,” said Fox, who did all the driving in her Honda Pilot. “It was a little bit of a drag yesterday ó a long day.”
She otherwise scoffed at the 1,400-mile length of the trip. She once drove to Alaska and back, Fox said.
About an hour after arriving, the group was going to pick up one more person.
Russell Michalec’s mother, Leigh (Genny’s daughter), was due to arrive at the Fargo airport, in plenty of time for Friday night’s scheduled game.
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Another foursome drove nonstop to Fargo and arrived early Friday afternoon as the team was having lunch at the Space Aliens restaurant.
Leslie and Jimmy Holmes, Brent Shive and Lisa Laws — all of whom have players on the local Legion team — left Rowan County at 1:30 p.m. Thursday and pulled into Fargo about 12:30 p.m. Friday.
The men did all the driving.
Leslie Holmes said the group probably was a little silly and punch-drunk at times, knowing the miles that lay ahead of them. But would they do it again?
“Absolutely,” she said without hesitation.
“It’s for our kids,” Laws added.