Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Area Baseball Players Do Well at Lamar CC.(Final)

Byline: Where are they now? Bob Larkin Of the Journal

Seven New Mexicans are members of a Lamar (Colo.) Community College baseball team that's ranked No. 5 in the nation heading into the Region 9 tournament on the Runnin' Lopers' field.

That seven-team competition got under way Thursday and ends today. Last season, Lamar won the regional and wound up finishing third at the Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.

This year's team is 45-10 overall and 34-2 in league play.

The seven players' stats through the regular season are as follows:

*Andy Scholl, a 2001 Eldorado graduate, is a 6-foot, 185-pound sophomore outfielder and a Royals draftee. He'll play at Kansas next school year.

Scholl has started every game and is batting .484 (91 of 188) with 78 runs, 14 doubles, six triples, 24 homers and 77 RBI. His percentages are a staggering 1.005 slugging, .558 on-base and .980 fielding (49 putouts, one assist and one error).

*Ian Bladergroen, a 2001 Cibola grad, is a 6-5, 210-pound sophomore first baseman and a Mets draft pick. He's heading to Nebraska next school year to play for the Huskers.

Bladergroen also has started all 55 games and is hitting .461 (83 of 180) with 79 runs, 24 doubles, 30 homers and 83 RBI. He has an even higher slugging percentage of 1.117 than Scholl as well as a .557 on-base mark and a .975 fielding percentage (295 putouts, 20 assists and eight errors).

*David Kiefer, a 2001 Eldorado grad, is a 6-foot, 170-pound sophomore shortstop who has a 4. …

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