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Stingers notebook: Allday, Reynolds leading D-I in hits

Associated Press Toronto prospect Jason Leblebijian warms up before a spring training game against the New York Yankees on Feb. 24 in Tampa, Fla. Leblebijian played for the Stingers in 2011 and was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 25th round of the 2012 MLB draft. He is one of seven former Stingers attending his first spring training.

WILLMAR — A pair of ex-Stingers, Forrestt Allday (Central Arkansas) and Mikey Reynolds (Texas A&M), were tied for the NCAA Division I lead in hits through Sunday with 31 apiece. The two were also tied at 11th in the nation with a .470 batting average. Reynolds added two more hits Tuesday against Houston Baptist, but the NCAA only updates its national leaderboards once a week. Allday also played Tuesday, going 0-for-3 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. After a 24-30 finish last season, Central Arkansas is off to a surprising 15-2 start, including taking two of three from No. 3 Ole Miss.

Stingers promote McCallum, Kremin

The Stingers promoted staff members Nick McCallum and Abby Kremin for the 2013 season. McCallum, formerly the assistant general manager, will take the role of the team’s first general manager. Kremin, a former Stingers’ intern, was promoted to assistant general manager.

McCallum has been with the organization since its inaugural 2010 season and began his NWL career in 2009 with the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers. He has a master’s degree in sports manage ment from St. Cloud State.

Kremin is a Raymond native and MACCRAY alum, and has a degree in public relations and advertising from North Dakota State.

Eagles ranked again

Florida Gulf Coast (Michael Suchy, Sean Dwyer, Ricky Knapp) made its way back into the Baseball America Top 25, coming in at No. 25. Dwyer, who was an NWL All-Star in 2011, is hitting .355 with a .447 on-base percentage and a .532 slugging percentage. He has two home runs and 13 RBIs. Knapp, another 2011 All-Star, has turned into the Eagles’ ace early on, going 4-0 with an 0.87 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 16 innings. FGCU pitching coach Forrest Martin told Baseball America that Knapp “understands how to get hitters out. He may throw his fastball at 85-86 and then at 90-92 in the same batter. He just has an innate feel for throwing off the hitter’s timing.”

Huskies ranked in D-II

The 9-2 St. Cloud State Huskies were ranked No. 9 in the nation by They feature four current and former Stingers in Kyle and Garrett Fischer, Scott Lieser and Karl Sorensen. Lieser and Kyle Fischer lead the Huskies’ rotation, combining for 48 innings pitched. Fischer has posted a 2.77 ERA with 15 strikeouts, and Lieser sits at 2.82 with 20 strikeouts.


Steven Brault (Regis) has a 0.78 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 23 innings … Dillon Haupt (San Diego) is hitting .369 and slugging .708 with 3 homers and 11 doubles for the Toreros … Andre Wheeler and Jerad McCrummen, both of Texas Tech, are pitching well out of the Red Raiders’ bullpen; Wheeler has a 2.38 ERA in 11.1 innings and McCrummen is at 2.45 in 14.2 innings … Hunter Dozier (Stephen F. Austin), already projected as a Top 100 college draft pick, is hitting .333 and slugging .510 with a .435 on-base percentage in 51 at bats … Tanner Banks (Utah) has posted a 2.48 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 29 innings in his first year in Division I; Banks spent his first two season with Salt Lake Community College … Max Kuhn (Kentucky), who has been starting at third base and batting third for the No. 10 ranked Wildcats, is batting .328 with a .474 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage. He has 1 home run and 16 RBIs in 58 at bats

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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