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Catching up with former area athletes: Area standouts helping Lancer baseball gather wins

A trio of local senior standouts — pitchers Derek Miller and Deric Denning and infielder Hunter Hallock — and have been key in helping the Mount Marty College baseball team pick up wins this season.

Miller, a Mitchell graduate, leads the team in wins (five) and innings pitched (38). He's logged 32 strikeouts to 10 walks and has allowed a .248 average for opponents at the plate with a 2.84 earned-run average.

Denning, a Mount Vernon native, leads the team in appearances with 17 and has seven saves, ranking ninth nationally in the NAIA. In 23 2/3 innings, Denning has a 4.18 ERA and 19 strikeouts.

On offense, the Chamberlain native Hallock has started all 26 games for the Lancers and is hitting .324. He's driven in 15 runs and has a home run, with an on-base percentage of .435.

Mount Marty (20-12) is slated to host Midland today in Yankton in a Great Plains Athletic Conference doubleheader.

Hardrocker runners get spring season going

A couple of area runners have helped get the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology track and field teams get the spring season off the ground.

Lyman graduate and Hardrocker sophomore Korder Cropsey was part of the winning 4x100 relay at the Black Hills State Stinger Open on March 24 in Spearfish, winning in 42.61 seconds. He was also fourth in the 100-meter dash in 11.52. That same relay was fifth at the University of Colorado Invitational April 6-7 in 42.76.

Mitchell native Kaelyn Kaul helped her 4x400-meter relay and distance medley relay teams qualify for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference indoor championships in late February, as well. In the outdoor season, the sophomore was part of a second-place team at the Stinger Open in the 4x100 relay.