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Miners induct new class into Hall of Fame

Posted Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at 9:41 PM

Linton-Stockton baseball coach Bart Berns, left, poses with LSHS Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee Bill Collins during ceremonies conducted May 9 at Roy Herndon Field. (By Shad Cox/Greene County Daily World).
The Linton-Stockton Baseball Alumni Game and Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were conducted recently and I thought it might be nice to take a quick look at the players who were honored by coach Bart Berns and company.

Individually there were two men recognized for their efforts while in a Miner baseball uniform and one full team.

In no particular order they included John Alderson, Bill Collins, and the 2001 regional runner-up team.

Collins graduated in 1974 after four years of lettering in baseball. He also racked up another six letters to go along with the Roy L. Williams, Rotary and Steven Hunter Awards at the end of his senior year.

He was named All-WIC three times and played Legion ball for Harrisburg, Illinois. He was named to the Southern Illinois All-Tourney second team as a pitcher.

He went on to play college baseball and football at Wabash College where he lettered in baseball during his sophomore season.

Alderson played under former Linton-Stockton coach Tom Oliphant and carried on his love of the game by coaching youth baseball in Princeton.

He started all four years and played alongside Rick Fish, Joe Stockrahm, Ron Bucci, Brad Fitzpatrick, Bill Collins and Bill Hamilton.

He spent a dozen years with the Princeton Babe Ruth Baseball where he won six league titles, a state runner-up crown in 1988 and a state title in 1990.

The final inductees were the collective group of 2001 Miners.

It was a group that included South All-Star Nate Austin and future (2002) Class 2A All-State player Nick Goodman along with Matt Russell, Brandon Parker, Josh Davis, Matt Montgomery, Jordan Heltsley, Jimmy Bright, Josh Sloan, Tyler Clifford, Jason Neal, Josh Childress, Jacob Burris and Kenny Campbell.

Among their accomplishments were a Tri-River Conference title, a school record 24 wins, a No. 9 ranking in the final regular season poll, an Eastern Greene Sectional title and a runner up finish at the Southridge Regional.

Other little-known tidbits about the team included Neal's broken finger on his throwing hand during the sectional.

Nobody stole a base against him.

Childress, who was the No. 2 pitcher for Berns, wasn't discovered until the 18th game of the season.

He finished with a 4-1 record.

The pitching staff had a combined ERA of 4.60.

It was a team that featured a pair of double-digit home run hitters in the form of Goodman and Austin while Parker hit the only home run of his career in the sectional title game against South Knox.

It gave the Miners a 4-3 lead.

And here's one more thing, they only had 12 players eligible that could play at the end of the season.

Berns gave an account of the turning point of the season when the Miners were sitting at 12-5 on the season.

They received such a boost from the team's 1-0 win over the Loogootee Lions, that they were 12-3 the rest of the way.

Childress allowed just five hits and got sparkling defense behind him.

The only run of the game came when a straight steal of third by Davis turned into a run.

The throw to third went into left field and Davis walked home.

Congratulations to all those who were inducted.

Rick Curl is a sports writer with the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by E-mail at rcurl@gcdailyworld.com. Or by telephone at (812) 847-4487.

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