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Baseball: 15 Stingers debut for colleges today

By Ben Brewster

WILLMAR -- Today is a big day for college baseball openers -- 15 Willmar Stingers players will be in action for the first time this season.

Five members of the Stingers' 2012 roster already debuted in the past two weeks.

The top performers so far have been outfielder Mitch Rowan (Willamette University) and pitcher Scott Lieser (St. Cloud State).

Rowan, through his first three games, has three hits in nine at bats, all for extra bases -- a double, triple and home run. He also has five walks and a .563 on-base percentage.

Lieser has started two games and has yet to give up a run for the Huskies. Through eight innings, he has five strikeouts and 0 walks.

Ben Burns (Daytona State College) has already racked up 20 1/3 innings with a 3.54 ERA. He has 10 strikeouts and one save.

Tanner Banks (Salt Lake College) has a 1.00 ERA and 11 strikeouts through nine innings.

Century College's Josh Hoekstra has started one game, giving up three runs in five innings while striking out three. He received a no-decision against Iowa Central.

Notes: Stingers' catcher/DH Mike Hollenbeck (Illinois State) was named the top designated hitter on the preseason All-Missouri Valley Conference Team ... Stingers' infielder Hunter Dozier (Stephen F. Austin) was named to the All-Southland Conference Second Team ... Hoekstra has signed a letter of intent to play at Minnesota State University (Mankato) for the 2013 season ... Ex-Stinger catcher Jarid Scarafiotti (Stephen F. Austin) was named to the preseason All-Southland Conference Team

Ben Brewster

Ben Brewster covers the Willmar Stingers and other area sports, as well as laying out the daily sports section cover for the West Central Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @benbrewster.

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