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Stingers notebook: Leyva returns to Stingers as assistant coach

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR — The Willmar Stingers coaching staff will have a familiar face with former player Carlos Leyva returning as an assistant coach to field manager Matt Hollod.

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Leyva, who played at Cal State Dominguez Hills, played for the Stingers in their inaugural 2010 season when he hit .323 and a team-record 29 stolen bases.

He was selected in the 32nd round of the MLB draft in 2011 by the New York Mets and spent one season with Mets’ affiliates Kingsport Mets and Brooklyn Cyclones.

Rounding out the Stingers’ coaching staff is San Diego Mesa’s Steve Sanchez, returning for his second season in Willmar, and newcomer PJ McIntee, an assistant coach at Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa.

McIntee, a native of Randolph, Minn., played his college ball at Bemidji State from 2006-09 and was an assistant coach for the Beavers for two seasons.

“I am excited to have this group of guys joining the coaching staff,” Hollod said. “Each of these guys bring a unique perspective and coaching style that will provide our players some valuable experience to learn from.”

Tyler Shepple, who served as pitching coach for the Stingers’ first three seasons, will not be returning.

Dwyer, Suchy net weekly awards

2011 Stinger Sean Dwyer (Florida Gulf Coast) was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week after batting .455 with 3 home runs and 5 RBIs for the week ending May 12.

Eagles’ teammate and current Stinger Michael Suchy was named the Player of the Week for May 6, with a nearly identical line of a .455 average, 3 homers and 7 RBIs.

Dozier continues tear

2012 Stinger Hunter Dozier (Stephen F. Austin) is staying hot leading up to the June 8 MLB draft. A consensus Top 100 college prospect, Dozier is hitting .398 and is third in all of Division I with 16 home runs.

All-Conference honors

- St. Cloud State pitchers Scott Lieser and Kyle Fischer were named to the All-Northern Sun first team

- Current Stinger Steven Brault (Regis) was named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference first team

- JD Dorgan (St. Thomas) was named to the MIAC All-Conference team

Former Stingers watch

Hitting stats noted as batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage

Forrestt Allday (Central Arkansas): .378/.509/.483, 2 HR, 31 RBI, 180 at bats

Isaac Ballou (Marshall): .325/.438/.433, 0 HR, 18 RBI, 194 at bats

Hunter Dozier (Stephen F. Austin): .398/.493/.770, 16 HR, 47 RBI, 191 at bats

Sean Dwyer (Florida Gulf Coast): .312/.410/.497, 6 HR, 39 RBI, 199 at bats

Kyle Fischer (St. Cloud State): 2.02 ERA, 75.2 innings, 51 strikeouts, 10 starts

Corben Green (La.-Monroe): .272/.335/.372, 5 HR, 26 RBI, 191 at bats

Dillon Haupt (San Diego): .286/.374/.542, 10 HR, 44 RBI, 192 at bats

Ricky Knapp (Florida Gulf Coast): 2.18 ERA, 86.2 innings, 64 strikeouts, 12 starts

Scott Lieser (St. Cloud State): 2.76 ERA, 75 innings, 64 strikeouts, 12 starts

Mikey Reynolds (Texas A&M): .370/NA/.442, 1 HR, 21 RBI, 181 at bats

Kenny Roberts (Alabama): .251/.354/.365, 4 HR, 22 RBI, 203 at bats

Jake Stinnett (Maryland): 3.21 ERA, 56 innings, 41 strikeouts, 8 starts, 2 saves

Thomas Taylor (Kansas): 2.55 ERA, 81.1 innings, 60 strikeouts, 12 starts

Chris Woolley (San Diego): .276/.363/.317, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 123 at bats

Future Stingers watch

Hitting stats noted as batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage

Colton Bottomley (Florida Gulf Coast): .253/.345/.343, 1 HR, 16 RBI, 99 at bats

Jonathan Davis (Central Arkansas): .285/.432/.402, 2 HR, 37 RBI, 179 at bats

Logan Davis (San Diego): .333/.395/.381, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 105 at bats

Jake Gronsky (Monmouth): .304/.371/.454, 3 HR, 24 RBI, 194 at bats

Max Homick (San Diego): 2.70 ERA, 63.1 innings, 53 strikeouts, 22 appearances, 4 saves

Max Kuhn (Kentucky): .251/.377/..385, 5 HR, 29 RBI, 187 at bats

Olen Little (Wingate): 1.50 ERA, 60 innings, 38 strikeouts, 10 starts

Hutton Moyer (Pepperdine): .265/.318/.361, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 155 at bats

Brian Olson (Seattle): .250/.350/.283, 1 HR, 20 RBI, 184 at bats

Kyle Perry (Monmouth): .297/.345/.335, 0 HR, 15 RBI, 158 at bats

Michael Suchy (Florida Gulf Coast): .301/.373/.442, 7 HR, 38 RBI, 206 at bats

Colton Thomson (Scottsdale CC): 0.96 ERA, 94 innings, 111 strikeouts, 12 starts

Zack Tillery (Florida Gulf Coast): .286/.338/.368, 1 HR, 21 RBI, 133 at bats; 3.98 ERA, 43 innings, 24 strikeouts, 9 starts

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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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