Tescher embraces opportunity to continue career with RedHawks
About 25 miles north of Beach, there’s a rancher with an unfinished cattle fence on his property.
“I haven’t finished it yet. It’s still hanging out,” Tescher said of the barbed wire barrier. “It’s in the middle of nowhere, so nobody’s going to know except for the rancher, of course. But he understands why.
“He’s happy I’m getting to do what I’m doing.”
After battling bad cellphone reception and playing a game of phone-tag, Tescher, a former NAIA all-America outfielder for Dickinson State, fielded a call from Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks manager Doug Simunic last Thursday morning asking him if he had interest in joining the team for the final week-and-a-half of the season in the American Association of Independant Professional Baseball league.
He didn’t hesitate to say yes, and he didn’t have time to hesitate even if he wanted to.
“I was told I had to be in Fargo by 9 a.m. the next day, so I dropped everything,” said Tescher, 23. “I got to Beach, told two friends, told my parents, drove to Dickinson, then I flew to Fargo. I got in around 11:30 p.m. Thursday night. The next morning, I signed the contract, they gave me a jersey and we bussed to our next series in Winnipeg.”
Everything has moved so quickly for Tescher since that he didn’t even know the RedHawks’ record. (They’re 39-53 as of Monday.)
He was simply happy to be back in uniform.
“It’s a little overwhelming, but I wouldn’t want anything else,” he said. “A week ago, I was happy with that. To be here now, it’s very rewarding, that’s for sure.”
With seven games remaining in the RedHawks’ season, Tescher said he was made aware that his contract wasn’t for a great deal of time. His place on the roster isn’t guaranteed past this week, so he has a small window of opportunity to show he’s worthy of returning next season.
“I’m pretty sure I’ll have to fight for a spot no matter where I go, and that’s fine with me,” he said.
It’s that mindset that DSU head baseball coach Jason Watson said got Tescher to this level in the first place.
“For him, he deserves it,” Watson said. “He’s got a great work ethic and he’s a great guy. He’s a guy you want in your program.
“His ability and his bat are going to keep him there. And his determination. He’s not satisfied to be there. He wants to stay there.”
Tescher admitted to being a little rusty — he’s 0 for 7 in two games as the RedHawks designated hitter — but the thrill of the game and the next step in his career has not yet worn off.
“We’ve texted a bit since he’s been there,” said Tescher’s DSU and Dickinson High teammate Caleb Burgard, “and he’s still excited. You could definitely tell that. Even after the first day, he went 0 for 3, but you could tell he was happy to be there.”
Watson said Tescher has more than enough ability to be asked back next season.
“He’s one heck of a hitter,” Watson said. “He’s strong, he’s powerful, his hands are very fast. And when he makes contact with the ball, it’s going somewhere hard.”
Burgard added he’s pleased his friend’s talent and enthusiasm for the game has gotten him to a higher level.
“For him, I wouldn’t expect anything less. He’s one of the hardest-working friends and teammates I’ve ever had. I’m glad that finally paid off for him,” he said. “There’s probably not a better guy than him. He doesn’t forget where he came from. It’s good to see him succeed.”
Tescher doesn’t know what his future holds, but he’s remarkably at peace with that.
“There’s no indication of if I’ll be here next year or tomorrow or the next day, but that’s fine. You don’t know what’s going to happen day to day,” he said. “I was told to play baseball and have good at-bats, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”