BISMARCK, N.D. - The Bismarck Larks are 13-10 and one of the reasons for their solid start has been the arrival of Brian Leonhardt.
Leonhardt is a versatile piece in the Larks game plan.
"He's a multi denominational guy. He made a couple of spot starts for San Diego State as a freshman and threw 17 innings for them to be a guy relied on as a freshman in the Mountain West. That says a lot and he's got some good stuff and that was all while starting everyday at first base for them. He's gonna be a big high impact guy for us," said Sean Repay, Larks manager.
The San Diego slugger has started off fast for the larks, but this isn't his first taste of summer ball as he played in an interesting place last season.
"I played in Alaska out of high school, so that was a great experience to start me out and all the success I had last season was thanks to that and it got me ready to play college baseball," said Leonhardt.
And with stellar numbers at San Diego State, the Aztecs wanted Leonhardt to move up to the next level.
"Since I'm so young they said, 'lets send you out to the Northwoods and I got the perfect team for you the Bismarck Larks,' and since then I have been excited to come out and play," said Leonhardt.
For Leonhardt, his Journey to get in a Larks jersey for the first time was quite interesting.
"A lot of guys when they fly in they want to fly into Bismarck. They want to get here and get settled. Brian wanted to meet us as soon as his tournament was done," said Repay.
"It started out waking up at 4:30 back in San Diego," said Leonhardt.
"He flew into Minneapolis took a shuttle to St. Cloud," Said Repay.
"I showed up at 5:25," said Leonhardt.
"We go him uniformed and he took practice for about ten minutes and his first swing was a home run," said Repay.
Now the Leonhardt is here in the Capital City, you may see him in the outfield, at first base, on the pitchers mound or in the batters box. Leonhardt just wants to make his impact.
"I'm gonna keep pitching and hitting for as long as I can. I told coach whatever we need to do to help the team win I'm up for it. He's been preaching a Northwoods League title to me and I said whatever I can to help win that," said Leonhardt.
A goal of Northwoods League title is within reach, thanks to the versatile Leonhardt. He knocked in one of the Larks five runs in a shutout win at Duluth Tuesday night. He now has 17-RBI in 17 games.