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Marion County College Report

Minnesota Twins call up Dinkleman for weekend series with Royals

Wether he has played his final minor league game remains to be seen, but on Thursday, June 2, Centralia grad Brian Dinkelman got what every ballplayer dreams of — a call to the Big Show.

Dinkleman was called up from Triple-A Rochester to the majors and is scheduled to report to the Minnesota Twins for a road series against Kansas City this weekend.

"He has worked very hard and played very well down there," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in a release detailing the promotion. "Giving Brian Dinkelman a chance is pretty exciting."

In his final game for Rochester, Dinkelman was 1-for-4 with a double and a walk during an 8-0 win over Toledo.

Dinkelman played in 50 games and had 56 hits in 189 trips to the plat, leaving Rochester with a .296 batting average. Besides leading the team in hits at the time of his departure, he also led Rochester in doubles (15), runs scored (22) and walks (21). Rochester is 21-30 in the International League. ...

Quincy's Mitchell Broughton smacked homers in four of Quincy's five games during the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament. The Centralia grad hit homers in QU wins over Lewis 5-2), Southern Indiana (1-0, 8-7) and Northern Kentucky (8-2).

Ironically, the lone game that he did not smack a round tripper, QU lost to USI 7-5. Broughton was 10-for-21 with nine RBI and seven runs over the five games. Quincy is 35-18 overall and 21-9 in the GLVC. ...

Aaron Newcomb, a Centralia grad and Delta State hurler, was the pitcher of record in DSU's 10-5 loss to North Alabama in the Gulf South Conference Tournament. Newcomb worked 6.0 innings and allowed six earned runs on 10 hits. He fanned eight and walked two, finishing the year with a 7-7 mark. Delta State finished 30-19 overall and 14-6 in the GSC. ...

The Webster baseball team won the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament by defeating Westminster (7-2), Fontbonne (4-3) and Greenville (9-3) in successive games.

Centralia grad and Webster standout Cody Stevenson had his best game of the tournament against Westminster, finishing 1-for-3 with one run, one RBI and two stolen bases. Webster is 31-11 and advanced to the NCAA Division III Nationals with the championship. ...

Former Salem pitcher Logan Bolton had two saves for the Millikin Big Blue this year. Bolton allowed 50 earned runs and 80 hits over 41 2/3 innings, striking out 18 and walking 12. Millikin finished 7-32 overall and 1-20 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. ...

Softball

The softball season for Southern Indiana ended in early May, but the awards continue to play out for Salem graduate Amanda Brendel. The former Wildcats star hit .436 in USI's 25 conference games and was named to the first GLVC team. In 78 trips to the plate against GLVC teams, the USI senior finished with 34 hits (seven doubles, one triple, seven homers), 22 RBI, 19 runs and 13 walks. Southern Indiana finished 21-22 overall and 10-15 in the GLVC. ...

Bailee Winkeler, a Centralia grad and Lindenwood junior, had a .260 batting average over 39 games. She had 26 hits including 10 homers and three doubles. Winkeler drove home 23 runs, scored 19, walked 12 times and stole three bases finishing with a slugging percentage of .590 and an on-base percentage of .345. Lindenwood finished 30-23 overall and 16-7 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. ...

Golf

Salem graduate Taylor Landers shot a 348 and finished 37th at the National Junior College Athletic Association Finals, which were held at the LPGA International Golf Course in Daytona Beach, Fla. Landers got better with each round firing identical 83s in each of the final two rounds. Rend Lake was fifth with a stroke count of 1,356 and Daytona State won the national title with a score of 1,195. ...

 

Message from Daniel L. Chamness

We have two more columns to go and then we will be into senior articles. If your son/daughter finished their careers this year and they completed four years of eligibility, they can be included in the upcoming senior features. Like last year, each senior will get a feature. If you want to send me a name, I can be reached via e-mail (Dan62801@aol.com).