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Dettmann, Belter hurling for Century College

Somerset graduates Jared Dettmann and Dakota Belter are continuing their baseball careers this spring at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minn.

Dettmann is one of the leading starting pitchers for the Wood Ducks while Belter is the relief ace of the pitching staff. Dettmann pitched in his sixth game of the season last Tuesday, shutting out Bismarck (N.D.) State, 10-0 at the Metrodome.

The win raises Dettmann's season record to 4-2. He lost his first two games, but has been untouchable since then. His last three games have all been shutouts. In the one-hitter against Bismarck State, 13 of his 15 outs came via strikeouts. He has thrown 18 straight scoreless innings.

Century College ended the March portion of its schedule with a 19-7 record. The Century College baseball team is ranked sixth in the latest NJCAA national baseball polls released on March 24.

Dettmann already has one option set for next season. He has signed a letter of intent to continue his education next fall at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Dettmann was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 46th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. He went 2-1 with a 5.76 ERA in seven appearances, including five starts, for the University of Connecticut as a freshman last spring.

Dettmann may have another option, according to Century College coach Dwight Kotila. Because Dettmann is pitching at a junior college, he is eligible again for the Major League Baseball Draft. Kotila said there are at least six scouts at every one of Dettmann's starts and that 10-12 organizations have scouted him multiple times this season.

If there's a team that's the favorite to draft Dettmann, it could be the Atlanta Braves. Dettmann's pitching coach at Century College is the Midwest scout for the Braves. They've seen great results together. Kotila said Dettmann has thrown as hard as 92 miles per hour this spring and he's consistently in the 87-89 mph range.

"He's worked his tail off. He's so eager to learn," Kotila said. "If he stays healthy, he'll definitely be drafted again."

Belter arrived at Century hoping to play infield after being injured and unable to play last season. Belter mentioned that he also did some relief pitching in high school. The coaches tried him in the bullpen and he was an instant success.

Belter has pitched in eight games, working a total of 8.2 innings, and he has yet to allow a run. He's been successful in all three of his save opportunities thus far.

Kotila said Belter's bold attitude makes him an ideal fit for the closer role. Because Belter is in his freshman eligibility season, Kotila is counting on Belter to reprise that role again next season.

"There's no doubt he's found a niche," Kotila said, saying he expects Belter to be highly sought after by four-year programs after he completes his seasons at Century.

Nikki Brooks

St. Croix Central graduate Nikki Brooks is seeing increased playing time with the UW-Eau Claire women's softball team.

Brooks is a sophomore with the Blugolds. While Brooks was a standout pitcher in high school, she's seeing the majority of her playing time in the outfield for the Blugolds. Brooks ended March with a .333 batting average, which was tied for fourth on the team.

Brooks played in all 15 of the Blugolds' March games, which saw the team end the month with a 12-3 record. The Blugolds are scheduled to begin their Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule this Friday with a double-header at UW-Stevens Point.

Kristy Martinson

Martinson is a utility player for the UW-River Falls women's softball team. Martinson saw action in 11 of the Falcons' first 20 games, including making five starts. Martinson batted .214 (3-14) with four runs scored.

Martinson, a sophomore from New Richmond, saw most of her action as a freshman as a courtesy runner. Her best game so far this season came on March 1 when she started in rightfield and went 2-3 at the plate in a 10-0 win over St. Scholastica.