Reid Detmers, a Chatham-Glenwood graduate, helped the University of Louisville baseball team get all the way to the NCAA Division I World Series.
The Louisville sophomore pitcher pitched twice in the World Series and the Cardinals were eliminated by Vanderbilt University, who won the NCAA Division I title. In the first game against Vanderbilt, a 3-1 Louisville loss, Detmers was the starter, but did not get the decision.
Detmers, who worked 5 2/3 innings, allowed the soon-to-be national champions only one earned run on three hits. He walked six and fanned five. The Nokomis native earned the win over the Mississippi State University Bulldogs, beating them 4-3. Detmers, who only worked 1/3 of an inning, allowed no earned runs on no hits. He did not fan or walk any batters.
For the year, Detmers, who is playing for USA Collegiate National Team this summer, was 13-4 with a 2.78 earned run average for Louisville this year. In 113 1/3 innings of work, he allowed 35 earned runs on 71 hits. He struck out 167 batters and walked 33. Opponents only hit .177 off of Detmers.
He led the Cardinals in pitching victories as no other Louisville pitcher had more than seven victories. He also led the team in innings pitched and fanned batters. Louisville was 51-18 overall and 21-9 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
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I have a couple of announcements concerning the College Report. Since December 2017, I have been battling a life-threatening illness. While I am still battling cancer, I am slowly getting better, but I am far from 100 percent. I am enough better that I will do a series of career completion articles during the summer. Those articles are slated to start as soon as possible.
I will also be out there getting sponsors this summer. Because of the constant doctor appointments, radiation and chemotherapy a year ago, I was not able to get there as much as I would have liked. Those continue, but not as intensely.
At this point, I want to apologize to the businesses that sponsor the column, the readers, and the fine athletes that are featured in this column. While I am very sorry about what has happened, I hope most people will understand that it could not be helped.
I am 51 years old, and I hope that I make as full of a recovery as possible and have many more years of coverage to provide to this paper. Being a former college athlete, I love providing coverage for these athletes and I am very passionate about it. As always, the column continuing is dependent upon getting the proper number of sponsors.
In addition, I want to thank the entities listed for hanging with me through this difficult time. Also, I have gotten many words of support from many people, who knew I was ill. I thank them.
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If you know of an athlete that finished their career during the 2018-19 school year, please let me know about them and if possible, provide contact information. If you do, please email me (Dan62801@aol.com). Keep in mind the athlete has to have completed four years of eligibility and they also must be from a high school or town normally covered by The Journal-News. I will make every effort to reach these athletes through my contacts, but at times they are unreachable. If anyone wants to drop me an email, please do so.
I know of eight athletes that have finished their athletic careers during the 2018-19 school year. If there is anyone missing, or someone is on this list that should not be, please contact me as soon as possible As always, we will start with the fall months and work toward the spring months.
Four athletes finished their soccer careers last fall, three of those were at Blackburn College. Sam Tomas-Guerrero (Litchfield) and Tommy Millburg (Litchfield), both Blackburn men's soccer players, and Whitney Chesser (Hillsboro), a Blackburn women's soccer player, all finished their careers. In addition, Mecayela Monroe (Litchfield) finished her soccer career at Eureka College.
Ashley Schneider (Illinois Wesleyan University) and Derek Bourke (MacMurray College), both Nokomis graduates, finished their basketball careers this winter.
David Martin (Greenville University) and Tessa Steffens (Purdue University-Northwest) both were spring athletes. Martin, a Witt native and graduate of First Baptist Christian Academy, was a track athlete. Steffens, a Litchfield graduate, was a softball player.
We are also looking for names for the 2019-20 school year. Hopefully, it will be a year complete with many more articles. Please email me at the address above. I will need not only the name of the athlete, but also the former high school or town of residence, the college/university they are attending and of course, the sport they are playing. Please put "The Journal-News" in the subject line of the email.
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