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New Faces at MCC-Longview

 MCC-Longview recently hired former assistant baseball coach Ryan Mansfield to fill the vacancy of head baseball coach and athletic director. Mansfield has spent the last four years at MCC-Longview serving as an assistant coach serving as the recruiting coordinator, infield/outfield coach, catching coach, defensive coordinator and strength and conditioning coach. In addition to his coaching duties  Mansfield will also serve as athletic director overseeing all sports at MCC-Longview.

In addition, MCC-Longview would also like to announce the hiring of MCC-Longview alumni Jared Gage as  assistant coach. Gage comes to the Laker program after finishing up his playing career at Henderson State University in the spring of 2016. Gage played at Longview 2012-2014 catching and playing first base. Gage will be an invaluable asset to the Laker program not only having played at Longview but having been through the recruiting process as a player transferring to a four-year school. In addition, Gage will be working with multiple position groups and will be coordinating the strength and conditioning program within the Laker baseball program.

Dulin drafted to The Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals this past spring drafted MCC-Longview Lakers first baseman Brandon Dulin in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball draft.

Dulin, a Lee's Summit native, is a graduate of Lee's Summit North High School. The 6'3" freshman played for the Lakers during the 2012-2013 season and was named player of the year for Region 16 of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Dulin had a standout season: He came in third in the NJCAA Division II for home runs with 13. He led the Lakers in doubles (17), RBIs (57), batting average (.376), slugging percentage (.727) and on-base plus slugging (1.177).

Dulin's 12th-round selection makes him the highest drafted Metropolitan Community College baseball player in the college's history. The MCC-Longview Lakers' and the MCC-Maple Woods Monarchs' rosters have included a number of players who have gone on to the big leagues, including all-star slugger Albert Pujols.

Stoppelman moves up quickly through the St. Louis Cardinals' minor league system

In the world of baseball, Lee Stoppelman is a fast learner.

MCC-Longview Lakers Baseball Coach Clint Culbertson easily places this former player in that category. Culbertson said Stoppelman, now a professional in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system, recently advanced from AA to AAA in quick succession.

Culbertson said Stoppelman could easily make a leap from this, the final stop in the minors, to the major league Cardinals pitching mound.

"He's an injury away from being called up," Culbertson said of the left-handed pitcher.

Stoppelman set the pace for his recent success the first time Culbertson watched him throw at try-outs. He was a "walk-on" for the Lakers, meaning he wasn't actively recruited and had no scholarship when he arrived at Longview in 2009. The surprises continued. Stoppelman started his Lakers play throwing about 81 mph, but, quickly increased his velocity to 89 mph after adding 30 lbs. of muscle between his freshman and sophomore years.

"He's got his act together," Culbertson said, summing up his former player's work ethic and dedication. He added that Stoppelman also plays a good mental game. "He's a guy that just doesn't get rattled."

The 23-year-old's recent accomplishments don't stop at advancing from AA to AAA. In addition, Stoppelman recently was named Minor League Player of the Month. That announcement followed a placement on the roster of the prestigious fall league, a spot reserved for each team's top prospects, a move that Stoppelman is proud of.

"It's quite an honor," he said. "If you play well there, they'll take a good, strong look at you [for major league play]."

The Pleasant Hill High School graduate said baseball has always been a big influence in his life, going back to tee-ball. But, Stoppelman, who went on to play for the University of Central Missouri after leaving MCC, is an all-around athlete and also played high school basketball and football. He was playing baseball for UCM when he was drafted by the Cardinals in the 24th round.

In Culbertson's words, for Stoppelman, "I'd suspect there's more good things to come."

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