Monarchs celebrate championship

The Kansas City Monarchs’ Gaby Guerrero, who was the MVP of the American Association league Finals series, signed autographs on jerseys during a celebration event Tuesday morning at The Legends Lawn in Kansas City, Kansas. The Monarchs won the championship on Monday night with an 8-1 victory over Fargo-Moorhead at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
At a celebration for the Kansas City Monarchs on Tuesday at the Legends Lawn, Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
At a celebration for the Kansas City Monarchs on Tuesday at the Legends Lawn, Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
At a celebration for the Kansas City Monarchs on Tuesday at the Legends Lawn, Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
At a celebration for the Kansas City Monarchs on Tuesday at the Legends Lawn, Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
At a celebration for the Kansas City Monarchs on Tuesday at the Legends Lawn, Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
At a celebration for the Kansas City Monarchs on Tuesday at the Legends Lawn, Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
At a celebration for the Kansas City Monarchs on Tuesday at the Legends Lawn, Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
At a celebration for the Kansas City Monarchs on Tuesday at the Legends Lawn, Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
At a celebration for the Kansas City Monarchs on Tuesday at the Legends Lawn, Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
At a celebration for the Kansas City Monarchs on Tuesday at the Legends Lawn, Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

Mayor David Alvey spoke at a celebration for the Kansas City Monarchs on Tuesday at the Legends Lawn, Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
At a celebration for the Kansas City Monarchs on Tuesday at the Legends Lawn, Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
The championship trophy was on display at a celebration for the Kansas City Monarchs on Tuesday at the Legends Lawn, Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
At a celebration for the Kansas City Monarchs on Tuesday at the Legends Lawn, Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

Mayor David Alvey and Monarchs’ owner Mark Brandmeyer at a celebration for the Kansas City Monarchs on Tuesday at the Legends Lawn, Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
At a celebration for the Kansas City Monarchs on Tuesday at the Legends Lawn, Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Monarchs’ manager Joe Calfapietra, second from left, at a celebration for the Kansas City Monarchs on Tuesday at the Legends Lawn, Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
At a celebration for the Kansas City Monarchs on Tuesday at the Legends Lawn, Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
At a celebration for the Kansas City Monarchs on Tuesday at the Legends Lawn, Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
At a celebration for the Kansas City Monarchs on Tuesday at the Legends Lawn, Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Monarchs’ MVP Gaby Guerrero addressed the crowd at a victory celebration Tuesday at The Legends Lawn in Kansas City, Kansas. (Video by Steve Rupert)
Monarchs’ manager Joe Calfapietra spoke to the crowd at a celebration Tuesday at The Legends Lawn. (Video by Steve Rupert)
Mayor David Alvey spoke to the crowd at a celebration Tuesday at The Legends Lawn. (Video by Steve Rupert)
Monarchs’ owner Mark Brandmeyer spoke to the crowd at a celebration Tuesday at The Legends Lawn. (Video by Steve Rupert)

Monarchs celebrate league championship

The Kansas City Monarchs celebrated after winning the league championship on Monday night at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. (Video by Steve Rupert)
The Kansas City Monarchs lifted the league championship trophy after an 8-1 win on Monday night at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. It was the second American Association league title for the franchise, and in 1957, the original Kansas City Monarchs also won a league title. Joe Calfapietra was named the league’s manager of the year in 2018 and 2021. A public celebration will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Legends Outlets in the Lawn area. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Monarchs’ owner Mark Brandmeyer, who revitalized the team, with the championship trophy. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
The Kansas City Monarchs celebrated after winning the league championship on Monday night at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
The Kansas City Monarchs celebrated after winning the league championship on Monday night at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
The Kansas City Monarchs celebrated after winning the league championship on Monday night at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
The Monarchs defeated the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 8-1 on Monday night to win the league title. The Monarchs got 8 runs on 13 hits. Monarchs’ pitcher Keyvius Sampson got the win. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Fans enjoyed the American Association title game on Monday night at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. Attendance was about 3,354. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Posing for photos after the Monarchs’ championship title win Monday night at Legends Field. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Posing for photos after the Monarchs’ championship title win Monday night at Legends Field. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Posing for photos after the Monarchs’ championship title win Monday night at Legends Field. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Posing for photos after the Monarchs’ championship title win Monday night at Legends Field. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

Monarchs one game away from championship title

The Monarchs’ Ibandel Isabel drove in a pair of runs at Newman Outdoor Field on Saturday night. The Monarchs lead the series 2-0 and need only one more win for the championship. (Photo by Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks)
The Monarchs’ Ryan Grotjohn scored a run Saturday at Newman Outdoor Field in Fargo. The Monarchs will play for the championship on Monday night at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks)

The Kansas City Monarchs scored seven runs over the first two innings to hold off the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 7-5, taking a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five game series in the American Association Finals Saturday night.

Having swept the first two games in Fargo, North Dakota, the Monarchs need only one more win for the title, and the next game will be Monday night at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas.

The Monarchs came out firing in the top of the first Saturday night, beginning with back-to-back singles by Morgan McCullough and Ryan Grotjohn off RedHawks starter Bret Helton.

Darnell Sweeney walked, then Gaby Guerrero hit a two-RBI single, sending McCullough and Grotjohn home. Casey Gillaspie walked, filling the bases yet again, setting up Ibandel Isabel to hit a two-RBI single.

Colin Willis followed with an RBI single to score Gillaspie, and Alexis Olmeda also hit an RBI single to score Isabel, towering over the RedHawks early, 6-0.

Kansas City kept Fargo-Moorhead quiet in the bottom of the first, then struck again in the top of the second with an RBI single by Ibandel Isabel to score Darnell Sweeney.

In the top of the second, the RedHawks’ Sam Dexter cranked a two-run homer, and a sacrifice fly by Correlle Prime scored Alex Boxwell, making the score 7-3 off Monarch’s starter Justin Shafer. Shafer left the game after three innings after meeting with Athletic Trainer Jared Bashaw on the mound. The Monarchs turned to Carson LaRue who retired seven straight into the sixth inning.

In the bottom of the sixth, Fargo scored two more runs after a solo home run by John Silviano off LaRue. The RedHawks then got back-to-back singles from Dexter and Alex Boxwell to put runners at the corners.

Carlos Diaz came into the game and surrendered an RBI double to Nick Novak, inching the score to 7-5 and making the rest of the game a defensive pitching nail biter. Diaz then struck out Prime, then issued a walk to Manuel Boscan to load the bases. Diaz then struck out Jordan George to preserve the Monarchs lead.

Diaz worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning for Kansas City. The left-hander gave the ball to right-hander Jeremey Rhodes, who also held Fargo-Moorhead scoreless in the eighth.

Jameson McGrane came in the game in the ninth inning to work a three-up and three-down inning to pick up the save and send the Monarchs home with a 2-0 lead in the series. The Monarchs are one win away from claiming the American Association Championship.

The Monarchs have won all five post-season games they have played and are riding a nine game winning streak that dates back to the last series of the regular season.

The series now shifts to Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas, for game three of the championship series at 7:05 p.m. Monday.

The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pregame beginning at 6:35 p.m. and the video stream airing on aabaseball.tv.

The Monarchs’ games four and five (if necessary) are Sept. 21 and 22 at Legends Field.


Tickets to all Monarchs post-season games can be purchased by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting monarchsbaseball.com.

  • Story by Emerson Peavey and Dan Vaughan