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Marion County College Report

Broughton proving to be a freshman phenom at Quincy

As a person, Quincy University freshman Mitchell Broughton is barely 19 years old.

As a college baseball player, the Hawks outfielder has stats that are the envy of not only a number of upperclassmen on his team, but in the Great Lakes Valley Conference as well.

Through the first 31 games, the former Centralia Orphans star has started 28 games and carries a .315 batting average. In 92 trips to the plate, he has 29 hits (seven doubles, one triple, five homers), 24 runs scored, 20 RBI, nine walks and four steals. The freshman also has a .576 slugging percentage and a .394 on-base percentage.

"When I started the season, I just wanted to see the field," Broughton said. "I have been hitting well in the third spot and shocked to be doing this well. Hopefully, I can help Quincy make the GLVC tournament."

The Hawks have won 13 of their past 14 games. During the run, which started on March 27, their only loss has been to Maryville, who topped them 7-5 to steal one game of a four-game set. In GLVC action Quincy has topped the Indianapolis twice, of Missouri-St. Louis four times and Illinois-Springfield twice.

Broughton had a multiple hit game against UIS during the past week, finishing 2-for-4 with one double and one run scored in an 8-2 Quincy win. In the most recent series against Maryville, Broughton had hits in three of the games. In his best performance of the Maryville series, Broughton was 1-for-4 with one double one run and two RBI during a 9-1 win.

Quincy is 18-13 overall and has a GLVC-best 13-5 mark — two full games ahead of the second place team, Missouri University of Science and Technology. It is interesting to note that no team in the GLVC-West has played as many games as Quincy.

"I am playing in a college league this summer," Broughton said. "I want to work on my strength and my speed. Anything I can do to help the Quincy team or that team, I want to do."...

Former Centralia pitcher Aaron Newcomb leveled his pitching record at 6-6 in a 2-1 win over Harding. The Delta State junior whiffed six over eight innings, allowing one earned run on six hits. Delta State has won three of their past four games to move to 28-16 overall and 13-5 in the Gulf South Conference. ...

Webster’s Cody Stevenson was 1-for-3 with a walk during a 5-4 loss a 5-4 battle to Washington this past weekend. The Centralia grad drove home two, scored once and stole one base. In Webster's 7-4 win over Westminster, Stevenson had one hit and drove home one. Webster is 20-8 overall and 13-2 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. ...

Brian Dinkelman, a Centralia grad, smacked his fourth double of the year as the Rochester Red Wings defeated the Buffalo Bisons 8-6. Rochester, the Class AAA affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, is 9-11 in the International League-North. Buffalo is the Class AAA affiliate of the New York Mets. ...

Odin graduate and McKendree senior Alex Young worked one inning as McKendree defeated Hannibal-LaGrange 13-3. Young did not get a decision and struck out one. McKendree is 22-29 overall and 12-10 in the American Midwest Conference. ...

Salem grad Logan Bolton drove home one of Millikin’s runs in an 8-2 win over the Elmhurst Bluejays. It was the first College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin win for the Big blue. Millikin is 5-24 overall and 1-13 in the CCIW. ...

Softball

Centralia grad and Lindenwood standout Bailee Winkler was a one-woman wrecking crew during an 11-6 win over William Jewell College, finishing 3-for-4 with one double, a grand slam, six RBI, two runs scored and one stolen base. Lindenwood is 29-21 overall and 15-5 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. ...

Southern Indiana got a 2-for-3 performance from Salem grad Amanda Brendel as they topped Oakland City 9-2. Brendel, who also walked, drove a home two, scored once and stole one base. Brendel also walked and scored one run in a 14-1 USI win over Oakland City. Southern Indiana is 19-15 overall and 8-8 in the GLVC. ...

Golf

Centralia grads Michael Fowler and Kenny Evischi, both Maryville golfers, and Salem grad Zach Phillips, who hits the links for of Illinois-Springfield, found themselves in the same place once again. The three golfed in the Great Lakes Regional #3, which was held at the Purgatory Golf Club in Nobelsville, Ind.

Fowler shot a 153 to take 36th overall, carding a consistent 76-77. Evischi finished 61st with a 156 and Like Fowler, he was consistent with a 79-77. Phillips shot a 176 to place 122nd, posting his low round of 86 in the second round.

Maryville University took 19th as a team, finishing with a stroke count of 634. Illinois-Springfield took 20th with a 635. Indianapolis won the team title with a 582. ...

Former Salem Lady Wildcats clubber Taylor Landers finished 68th in the Bash at the Beach, which was hosted by Embry-Riddle University-Florida. The Rend Lake College sophomore shot 181 over 36 holes including an 88 in the second and final round. Rend Lake finished with a 682, 22 back of Florida Southern’s winning total. ...

 

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