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Wicklund on a tear

Steve Yingling

He leads Centenary College in hitting, is fifth in the Trans America Conference in batting, yet Whittell High graduate Aaron Wicklund still hits ninth for the Gents.

After a slow start, the Centenary senior outfielder has been on a tear. Two weeks into the season Wicklund’s average languished at .211, but he has jacked his hitting percentage to .385 with a little more than a month remaining.

His average was as high as .396 until he went O for 3 with an RBI in a 13-5 victory over LSU-Shreveport on Tuesday. Wicklund is hitting .439 in 15 TAAC games and his senior totals read 15 runs, 37 hits, one homer, 24 RBIs, six doubles and eight assists.

Wicklund is also doing his part to try and lead Centenary into the postseason.

He belted a three-run homer in a 16-8 loss to Central Florida on April 2. Wicklund had two hits and his seventh-inning walk forced in the tying run in a 6-5 win over Central Florida on April 3.

Earlier in the year, Wicklund beat Georgia State by knocking in the tying run with a seventh-inning single and then plating the winning run in the ninth.

“Wick’s” most memorable game of the season came against Stetson on March 20 when his two-out bases loaded double scored two runs, giving Centenary a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning. Stetson came back to force a 4-4 tie before Wicklund won the game in the 10th with a two-out double that scored Shaun Lucchesi.

But that wasn’t all as Wicklund gunned out the would-be tying run at the plate in the bottom of the inning.

Some of his other season highlights included: knocked in one of Centenary’s only two runs against Arkansas on March 31, went 2 for 4 with an RBI against Jacksonville on March 26; was 2 for 2 with an RBI in a 7-1 loss to Nicholls State on March 23.

Centenary is 12-22 overall, including 7-8 in the Trans America Athletic Conference. The Gents continue play into next month, with the TAAC’s postseason tournament scheduled for May 19-22.

Johnson hitting .337

South Tahoe High graduate Angela Johnson is making the most of her senior season at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

Through 41 games, Johnson is the Bruins’ second-leading hitter at .337. Only Reanna Dickerson is hitting better at .376.

In her 38 game appearances, Johnson has a .400 on-base percentage besides her five doubles, two triples, 18 runs scored, 10 walks and three stole bases. She has only committed four errors.

Belmont has a 19-22 record going into its April 10 encounter with Troy State.

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