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Practice makes perfect for MD grad Detmer
by Daniel L. Chamness
Practice makes perfect.
While that old adage addresses practice, it says nothing about games, of which Tyler Detmer, a Mater Dei graduate, has played his fair share in the last year. Besides suiting up for the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames, the junior also played baseball in Pennsylvania during the summer of 2013 and is currently playing in Kansas as a member of the Hays Larks, who play in the Jayhawk League. It is his second such stop in Kansas; he played in Hutichison immediately following his freshman season.
"I am trying to become a more well-rounded player," said Detmer of his summer league play. "I believe that I will be a better player next year than I have been in the previous years. The weather is usually so hot here, but this year it has been pretty nice."
The UIC Coaches have to be smiling at that statement. The opposition probably feels Detmer, who hit .330 this past year, is good enough already. His batting average was the third highest on the UIC team and was also in the top 10 in the Horizon League. He improved his average by 35 points from the preceding year.
"This was my favorite year," said Detmer, who was named to the Horizon League's first team immediately following his junior season. "We were really close as a team. We have a good number of our team back next year. I believe that we have a good shot at winning the conference. I was pleased with my productivity."
Detmer, who played in 50 games and made 49 starts, finished with 61 hits (nine doubles, one triple, five homers) in 185 trips to the plate. He drove home 39 runs, scored 38 times, walked 28 times and stole two bases. He had a slugging percentage of .470 and an on-base percentage of .436. Defensively, he finished with a .975 fielding percentage. He had 146 putouts, 10 assisted putouts and and just four errors.
Thus far with the Hays Larks, Detmer has a .358 batting average in 33 games. He has the second highest batting average on team, belting out 43 hits (eight doubles, seven homers) in 120 at bats. He has 34 RBIs, 28 runs scored, 21 walks and one stolen base. He has a .600 slugging percentage, a .460 on-base percentage and a .985 fielding percentage. The Larks are 25-13.
"No other UIC players are on the team, but we have athletes from other colleges/universities in Illinois," said Detmer, the son of Trenton native Tom and Maribeth Detmer of Breese. His dad was a standout player at Mater Dei before playing college ball at Eastern Illinois and in the Cardinals minor league system.
UIC was 24-27 overall and 17-13 in the Horizon League in 2014. Of the six athletes that batted over .300 for the Flames this year, three are slated to return in this spring.
Trenton outlasts Breese in CCBL play Miners guaranteed playoff spot at 6-6
The Trenton Miners defeated the Breese Merchants 9-8 in Clinton County Baseball League (CCBL) action on Sunday. The game was decided in extra innings as the tying run was thrown out at the plate in the bottom of the tenth inning.
Trenton jumped on top in the first as they sent ten men to the plate and scored five runs before Breese came to bat.
The first five batters all scored. Chase Klein led off with a single, followed by Michael Klein being hit by a pitch. Paul Ritzheimer drove in the first run with a single and Chad Klein cleared the bases with his first home run of the season, a three-run shot to make it 4-0 Trenton. Jay Wellen followed with a single and later scored on Kyle Eversgerd's base hit.
Breese scored three in the third and two in the fourth to tie things up, and took a 7-5 lead when they pushed across two more in the sixth. Trenton regained the lead with three runs in the seventh on a single by Michael Klein, a walk to Paul Ritzheimer and RBI singles by Jay Wellen and Zack Miller. Breese scored a single tally in the bottom of the seventh to square the score at 8 apiece.
Trenton took the lead in the top of the tenth on a double by Michael Klein, a single by Paul Ritzheimer and a sacrifice fly from Chad Klein. The bottom of the tenth inning saw Breese put a runner on second with two outs. That runner was thrown out at the plate to end the game as Kyle Eversgerd applied the tag after a perfect throw from Chase Klein in centerfield.
Grant Weber picked up the win in relief of Mike Pagano for the Miners.
Michael Klein had three hits including a double for Trenton. Paul Ritzheimer added two doubles and a single for a three-hit day. Jay Wellen recorded two hits and drove in a run for the game. Chad Klein drove in four runs with his homer and a sacrifice fly in the tenth. Chase Klein, Zack Miller, Kyle Eversgerd, Jim Ritzheimer and Tim Paulk also had hits for the Miners, who banged out 14 hits on the day.
Leading the way for Breese was Jay Voss with four hits and Jake Benhoff, Tyler Detmer and Colin Detmer with three hits each. Barnett, Eric Gentz and Becker each added two hits apiece as Breese roped Trenton pitching for 21 total hits on the day. Tyler Detmer had the biggest hit with his three-run homer in the third inning.
CCBL Notes: Trenton will play at Aviston this evening in a makeup game from an earlier rainout. Trenton finishes the regular season at home on Sunday August 3. The Miners stand at 6-6 on the season and are guaranteed a place in the playoffs. They are tied with Breese for fourth place in the league but hold the tiebreaker over the Merchants as a result of the head-to-head sweep in the regular season.
Following Sunday's games, Bartelso leads the league with an 11-2 mark, followed by Centralia (9-3), Beckemeyer (9-4), Trenton (6-6), Breese (6-6), Aviston (5-7), Germantown (2-11), and Carlyle (2-11).
The CCBL All Stars played the top performers from the Mon-Clair League last Wednesday in what has become a mid-summer tradition at GCS Stadium in Sauget, home of the minor league Gateway Grizzlies. This year, the teams played a seesaw battle to an 11-11 tie after ten innings. The leagues have an agreement to play a maximum of ten innings.
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