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The College Report: minor leaguers closing seasons as colleges begin play

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By Dan Chamness

It is probably better than Spencer Patton could have dreamed.

The Idaho Falls Chukar hurler, a South Central grad, has been working for the Kansas City Royals affiliate all summer. In 39 2/3 innings of work, the former Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville pitcher has compiled a 3-1 mark, with two saves. He has allowed only 15 earned runs on 42 hits for a 3.40 earned run average. Patton, who has appeared mostly in relief, has fanned 56 batters while walking only 15.

Patton has started two games for the Chukars and has made 19 appearances overall. In his latest performance on September 6, Patton worked the final two innings of a 5-4 win against the Ogden Raptors, the rookie representative of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Patton allowed one hit and fanned four en route to his third victory of the year.

Idaho Falls is 33-41 in the Pioneer League-South. They are in third place in the league and 11 games behind the top team in the Pioneer-South, Orem. Orem is the affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Former Southeast Missouri State University hurler Logan Mahon is also pitching in the Pioneer League South. The St. Elmo graduate, who does not have any wins, losses or saves, has worked four innings this summer. The Casper Ghost pitcher has allowed three earned runs on five hits for a 6.75 ERA. He also has walked four batters and fanned three for the Ghosts, the affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Casper is 26-47 overall and fourth in the Pioneer League-South. They are 18 games behind Orem.

The Lexington Legends, the Class A affiliate of the Houston Astros, are 59-79 thus far. Tanner Bushue, a South Central graduate, is 6-6 with the squad. In 77 1/3 innings of work, Bushue has allowed 40 earned runs on 89 hits for a 4.66 earned run average.

He has fanned 51 and walked 17. Lexington is in fourth in the South Atlantic League-Southern Division. Lexington tied for fifth in the league. They are 19 1/2 games behind the Savannah Sand Gnats, who boast a record of 79-60. The Sand Gnats are the representative of the New York Mets.

Taylor Parrish, a Vandalia grad, has a team-high 24 kills in the first four Franklin College matches. Parrish also has six digs, four assists and two solo blocks. In Franklin's most recent contest, a 3-0 loss to Wooster College, Parrish finished with six kills. The match, as did the other three, all occurred at the Kalamazoo College Invitatonal. Franklin also lost to North Park University (3-1), Baldwin-Wallace College (3-0) and Kalamazoo (3-0). Franklin is 0-4.

Blackburn College, which defeated Harris-Stowe State University, 3-0, got 15 digs and two service aces from former Vandalia volleyball player Amy Walton. Blackburn is 1-1.

Vandalia grad Amanda Walton has 14 kills, four blocks (one solo) and three digs in the first six Bethel University matches. Bethel is 2-4 overall and 1-0 in the TranSouth Athletic Conference.

The Illinois College Blue Boys won their first football game of the year, beating the Millikin University Big Blue 34-30 in an exciting finish. Vandalia graduate Brock Doehring, an IC senior tight end, caught two passes for 16 yards. Illinois College is 1-0.

Vandalia graduate Meagan Wright shot a 215 at the Illinois College Invitational. The IC golfer, who opened the invitational with a low round of 104, took 69th. The outing was held at The Links Golf Course in Jacksonville. Illinois College took 10th, with a stroke count of 783. William Woods University won the outing with a 629.

If you know a college athlete that should be in this article, please submit their name to Dan Chamness. Chamness can be reached by e-mail (Dan62801@aol.com).

He will not only need the name, but the former high school or town of residence, the college/university they are attending and, of course, the sport they are playing. There are only two rules to be included in this column. The athlete must be competing in intercollegiate athletics, meaning their chosen school competes against other colleges/universities. Also, they must be a graduate of a high school in Fayette County or be a resident of a town normally covered by The Leader-Union. When e-mailing a name, please put "Vandalia Leader-Union" in the subject line.