Photo: Dave Randall and his 800-win accomplishment are celebrated with his Waubonsee baseball squad in St. Petersburg, Fla. Waubonsee Community College Sports Information
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Long-time Waubonsee Community College head coach Dave Randall joined a select group as his Chiefs downed Fergus Falls (MN) Community College 6-3 at the Walter Fuller Baseball Complex to give him 800 career coaching victories.
Randall becomes the 50th coach in the history of NJCAA baseball and the 20th active junior college coach to win 800 or more games. In his 35th season at Waubonsee, Randall is only the second NJCAA Division III non-scholarship level coach to reach this plateau. The coach was honored by his team with the game ball, a banner proclaiming his achievement, a commemorative jersey signed by the entire team, and a post-game celebration dinner.
The Chiefs’ first victory of the season was keyed by the pitching of Brian Burns. The sophomore right-hander allowed one run on only two hits through five innings of play, striking out seven. With a 5-1 lead Burns surrendered a leadoff single and then walked the next batter to begin the sixth. He departed and freshman Kyle Bender came on in relief. A pair of Waubonsee errors then led to Fergus Falls’ final two runs before Bender squelched the threat en route to earning his first collegiate save.
Waubonsee’s offense was sparked by Harry Vickers’ solo home run to deep left field in the third inning. The freshman’s prodigious shot was followed three batters later by Scott Allegretti’s run-scoring single to put the Chiefs in front 3-1 at that point. Kyle Limanowski then led off the bottom of the fourth with a towering drive to the 400-foot sign at the base of the centerfield fence, for a standup triple. He scored a moment later when Dylan Hast reached base on an error. Waubonsee added single runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth to secure the milestone victory. Limanowski finished with two hits.
Waubonsee did not fare as well in game two against Fergus Falls. Chiefs’ pitchers walked seven and yielded 15 hits in a 14-4 loss in five innings. The Chiefs (1-7) continue their eight-day, 14-game Florida trip with games versus Brookdale (NY) Community College on Wednesday, March 14 in St. Petersburg, Fla.