Two RedHawks players denied at border
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Two Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks players were not allowed to cross the Canadian border as the team traveled to Winnipeg on Friday to start a four-game American Association baseball series against the rival Winnipeg Goldeyes.
RedHawks starting third baseman Ronnie Bourquin and left-handed reliever Joe Harris were not allowed into Canada.
“It’s a little hard to take when they take two of your better players away from you, and you’re trying to play in a league that is highly competitive,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said during his pregame interview with team radio voice Scott Miller on 740-AM. “It’s very difficult.”
Simunic told Miller: “Bourquin’s been in the country maybe three or four other times since whatever he had happen to him. Either the law has changed or the paperwork has changed.”
Simunic then added: “Harris was denied for … he had something happen back at home.”
An official at the Emerson, Manitoba border crossing, which is where the RedHawks would have passed through, said she could not provide any information at this time as to the reasons for denying Bourquin and Harris to enter.
Emerson is located across the border from Pembina, N.D.