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Marion County College Report

Former Salem Pitcher Earns Team-High Fifth Win

Former Salem pitcher Scott Murfin would probably never call himself the ace of the Maryville University pitching staff. But with a 5-1 record and a 2.03 earned run average, it would be tough to call him anything else.

Murfin earned his team-high fifth win of the year this past week in a 3-0 win over Fontbonne University. The former Wildcats star worked seven innings, allowing four hits, one walk against four strikeouts.

"My team behind me has been doing a great job," Murfin said of the defensive effort. "When I started the year, I wanted to my earned run average to be between 2.5 and 3.0 and I wanted to win six or seven games. I am pleased with my performance and I am honored to be part of this pitching staff. Everyone is doing the job."

Murfin has struck out 36 over 44 1/3 innings this year, allowing 10 earned runs on 40 hits and 17 walks. Maryville is 19-15 overall and 15-7 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. ...

McKendree College senior and Centralia graduate Tyler Mattmiller earned his third save by helping McKendree top Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 4-1. Mattmiller worked one inning and allowed two hits. The former Orphan faced only five batters and he fanned two of those.

Fellow Centralia grad Craig Session, a McKendree player, had his best game of the week in an 8-4 Bearcat win over Lindenwood University. Session finished 1-for-3 with a walk. McKendree is 25-19 overall. ...

Fort Myers Miracle player Brian Dinkelman, a Centralia grad and Irvington resident, had three multiple hit games over the past seven days. Dinkelman had his best performance of the week in a 6-2 win over the Lakeland Flying Tigers when he finished 2-for-2 with three walks and two runs scored. He also had a pair of hits in each of the Miracle wins over Lakeland (10-4) and the Tampa Yankees (8-1).

The Miracle, the Class A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, is 13-11 in the Florida State League-West Division. ...

Centralia grad Kyle Walker helped his college baseball team, the Coker College Cobras, win their final regular season home game. Walker was 2-for-5 and smacked a double in the 13-10 win over Barton College. He scored twice and drove home one. In an early series game with Barton, a 17-3 loss, Walker was 2-for-4 and scored a run. Coker is 17-28 overall and 6-18 in the Conference Carolinas. ...

Dayton Spears, a Centralia grad and Kaskaskia College freshman, was 1-for-2 with a pair of runs scored in KC's 13-1 win over Rend Lake College. Kaskaskia is 28-13 overall and 13-7 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. They are in second place in the league, one game behind Wabash Valley College, who is 14-6. ...

GOLF

It probably is not surprising to people who have been reading this column that Centralia grad Nick Profancik is now a two-time SLIAC champion.

The Maryville junior finished with a stroke count of 221 for 54 holes at Governors' Run Golf Course in Carlyle. He shot 73's in the first and third rounds. He shot a 75 in the second round. Profancik won the individual title by 10 strokes. Webster University golfer Brandon Glen was second with a 231.

The team competition was about as close as it could be. Maryville finished with a 966, which was good for second place. Webster University won the team title by one stoke, carding a 965. Blackburn College was the only other team to break 1,000, finishing third with a 973. ...

Eastern Illinois University middle distance runner Justin Helpingstine finished 16th in the 800-meter run at the Vanderbilt University Track and Field Invitational. The former Salem Wildcat crossed the finish line in 1-minute, 55.07-seconds. Team scores were not kept. ...

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Gus Moss, a former Centralia Orphan and Kaskaskia College Blue Devil, recently finished his junior year of basketball at Missouri Western State. Moss, a 6-foot-2 junior guard, played in all 27 contests and averaged 22.1 minutes per game. Moss finished with 216 points and 36 rebounds for respective averages of 8.0 and 1.3 per game. He also had 32 assists and 20 steals.

Moss hit 72-of-187 field goals and 30-of-42 free throws. Of his field goals, he nailed 42 of those from beyond the 3-point arc. Missouri Western State finished 9-18 overall and 3-15 in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. ...

NAMES, NAMES, NAMES

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