THE COLLEGE REPORT: Detmers Off To Hot Start


Just how good is Nokomis native Reid Detmers, who pitches for University of Louisville?

At press time, the former Redskin pitcher, who also pitched for Chatham-Glenwood during his high school career, has allowed only two earned runs on 14 hits in 33 1/3 innings of work for a 0.53 earned run average. Among Atlantic Coast Conference pitchers with over ten innings of work, he is ranked second in earned run average. He has fanned 50 batters, walked only six and opponents are hitting only .124 off of the sophomore lefty. He leads the ACC in fanned batters. 

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound pitcher recently improved to 4-0, by downing Duke University 8-3. In six innings of work, he allowed one earned run on six hits. He struck out nine hitters and walked only one in the first game of the conference series between the two teams. Detmers also was the starting pitcher in the first game of the ACC series with Boston College. 

At the time of the series between Duke and Louisville, both were nationally ranked. Duke was ranked 24th among NCAA Division I teams, while Louisville is ranked fourth. Louisville is 14-4 overall and 3-1 in the ACC.

Abby Brockmeyer (Lincolnwood) and the Southern Illinois University-Salukis ended their basketball season with a 66-63 loss to University of Northern Iowa in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. Brockmeyer scored ten points by hitting four field goals and two free throws. The starter, who played 34 minutes, also had seven rebounds, doled out three assists and blocked two shots. 

In SIUC's last game of the regular season, an 80-60 win over University of Evansville, Brockmeyer had eight points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots. SIUC finished 15-15 overall and 8-10 in the Missouri Valley Conference. 

Kendra Jacob (Hillsboro) was 2-for-4 with a double for Hannibal-LaGrange University in their 2-1 win over William Woods University. She scored one of the runs. Hannibal-LaGrange is 7-9 overall and 1-1 in the American Midwest Conference. 

Tessa Steffens (Litchfield), a Purdue University-Northwest senior, had this in three games last week. In the 4-2 win over Shepherd University, Steffens was 1-for-3 and drove home one run. She was also 1-for-3 in the 6-3 loss to Winona State University and 1-for-3 in the 8-2 win over Salem International University. PU-Northwest. 

Kaylee Hefley (Hillsboro) has a 2-1 mark for Lewis and Clark Community College's softball team this year. Hefley, a sophomore hurler, has worked 12.0 innings. She has allowed six earned runs on 17 hits for an earned run average of 3.50. She has walked six batters and fanned a pair. At the plate, Hefley has one hit. Lewis and Clark is 10-4 overall and 1-1 in the Mid-West Athletic Conference. 

Tessa Beckham (Litchfield), a Blackburn College pitcher, worked 2 2/3 innings in Blackburn's 5-4 loss to Western Connecticut State University. Even though she only allowed two hits, she suffered the loss, slipping to 0-1 on the young season. She fanned four and walked one. Fellow Blackburn player Abby Frerichs (Litchfield) was 1-for-4 with a double. She drove home a pair of runs. Blackburn is 3-11 overall and 0-4 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. 

Andrew DeLaCruz (Litchfield) was 1-for-3 as his college team, Three Rivers Community College, lost a 10-4 battle to State Fair Community College. Three Rivers is 11-13-1 overall.

Lexi Law (Litchfield), a Lindenwood University-Belleville softball player, walked in LU-Belleville's 3-2 loss to Hope International University. LU-Belleville is 11-13 overall and 2-2 in the American Midwest Conference.

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Dan Chamness is a freelance college sports writer. He can be contacted at

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