CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Several local athletes have been making an impact on college baseball and softball diamonds this spring.
At Southeast Missouri State, Oran's Kody Campbell is a senior first baseman and through 29 games had a .278 average with two doubles, five home runs and 21 RBI. Also playing for SEMO is Scott City's Shae Simmons. The junior pitcher has thrown in seven games with a 1-4 record and 4.15 ERA. In 34 2/3 innings Simmons has walked 22 and struck out 42.
Three local players are currently pitching for Three Rivers College in Dexter's Cody Stause and Scott City's Skylar Cobb and Jamie Brant.
Stause, a sophomore, has pitched 6 1/3 innings in four games with an 0-1 record and 8.53 ERA while Cobb, also a sophomore, has tossed 13 innings in eight games with an 0-1 record and 8.31 ERA.
Brant, a freshman, has a 3.00 ERA in three innings for the Raiders.
Two local players are playing for Hannibal La Grange this spring in Sikeston's Josh Pierce and Risco's Brandon Bennett. Pierce, a senior outfielder, is batting .286 with three doubles and seven RBI in 24 games while Bennett, a catcher/outfielder, is batting .185 with a double and three RBI in 19 games.
Sikeston's Vince Howard is a junior at Western Illinois and has played in 14 games with a .171 average with one double, three RBI and four stolen bases.
Oran's Steven Dooley is a junior pitcher for Webster University where he has made 10 appearances and is 0-3 with a 3.77 ERA in 31 innings, with 27 strike outs.
Charleston's James Naile is a freshman pitcher for Parkland College and has thrown in five games with a 0-2 record and 5.40 ERA with 10 strike outs in 13 1/3 innings.
Scott County Central's Mark Freed is a senior infielder with College of the Ozarks and has played in 12 games with 27 at bats, hitting .185 with seven RBI.
East Prairie's Zach Secoy is a senior pitcher at William Woods and has made nine appearances with a 1-0 record, allowing no runs in 4 2/3 innings pitched with four strike outs. Charleston's Ethan Browning is also on the William Woods roster as a freshman but has not made an appearance in 2012.
Dexter's Sawyer Smith is a redshirt-freshman at Palm Beach Atlantic and is 2 for 3 in two games with a double.
Portageville's Jay Singleton and Scott County Central's Ben Freed are both on the roster at Crowley's Ridge Academy but no statistics on the season could be found.
Three local softball standouts are making waves at Three Rivers College in Sikeston's Sydney Davied, Oran's Abbie Anderson and Kelly's Londyn Backfisch.
Davied, a freshman utility player for the Lady Raiders, has played in 31 games. In 84 plate appearances, Davied was hitting .298 and tied for the team lead with three home runs. She also had eight doubles and 14 RBI. She has also pitched 5 2/3 innings with a 1-0 record, not allowing a run while striking out three.
Backfisch, a sophomore second baseman, has played in 32 games with .352 average in 108 at bats. She has 10 doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs while scoring 23 runs.
Anderson, a freshman shortstop, has played in 12 games with nine at bats, hitting .222.
Sikeston's Krystal Henson and Oran's Amanda Williams are both playing at Jefferson College. Henson, a sophomore third baseman, is batting .200 in 20 plate appearances while Williams, a freshman catcher, has 65 at bats in 21 games, hitting .338 with four doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI.
Oran's Wendy Eftink, a senior third baseman at Williams Baptist, is batting .204 in 35 games with a triple and 12 RBI.
All statistics are current as of April 1. If somebody was omitted from our list that is competing in the spring, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.