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Local Roundup: Dartmouth’s Hendricks in the Bigs

  • Touchline V's Alvaro Cooper heads the ball while warming up before the game against Ludlow at Huntley Meadows in Norwich, Vt. on July 8, 2014.  (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)

    Touchline V's Alvaro Cooper heads the ball while warming up before the game against Ludlow at Huntley Meadows in Norwich, Vt. on July 8, 2014. (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker) Purchase photo reprints »

  • Former Dartmouth pitcher Kyle Hendricks was called up by the Chicago Cubs and will make his major league debut on Thursday.<br/>Dartmouth College photograph<br/>

    Former Dartmouth pitcher Kyle Hendricks was called up by the Chicago Cubs and will make his major league debut on Thursday.
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  • Touchline V's Alvaro Cooper heads the ball while warming up before the game against Ludlow at Huntley Meadows in Norwich, Vt. on July 8, 2014.  (Valley News - Ariana van den Akker)
  • Former Dartmouth pitcher Kyle Hendricks was called up by the Chicago Cubs and will make his major league debut on Thursday.<br/>Dartmouth College photograph<br/>

Hanover — Kyle Hendricks got the call.

A member of the Dartmouth Class of 2012, Hendricks is getting the call up from the minor leagues to join the 25-man roster of the Chicago Cubs. He is expected to make his major league debut as the Cubs’ starting pitcher on Thursday in Cincinnati in the final game of a five-game series against the Reds, with the first pitch scheduled for 12:35 p.m.

Hendricks helped Dartmouth win three Rolfe Division titles and a pair of Ivy League crowns in his three years playing for the Big Green and coach Bob Whalen. Hendricks went 15-12 with a 4.87 ERA, striking out 174 batters and walking 40 in 1862⁄3 collegiate innings before being drafted in the eighth round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft by the Texas Rangers.

In his final year in Hanover, Hendricks posted a 5-3 record and a 2.47 ERA as the opposition hit just .236 against him while he fanned 70 and walked 11 in 62 innings to earn first-team All-Ivy League honors.

This season, Hendricks was pitching in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League for the Iowa Cubs, the top farm club for Chicago. In 102 2⁄3 innings, he had a 10-5 record with a 3.59 ERA, 97 strikeouts and 23 walks. Hendricks, recently named to the PCL all-star team, was the Chicago Cubs’ 2013 Minor League Pitcher of the Year after posting a 2.00 ERA while posting a 13-4 record for the Double-A Tennessee Smokies and the Iowa Cubs.

He was acquired by Chicago from the Rangers on July 31, 2012 in a trade that netted Texas veteran right-hander Ryan Dempster. In Hendricks’ four minor league seasons, he has a 31-19 record and a 2.69 ERA in over 450 innings on the mound.

Golf

Champ 4 Back at Vt. Am

Burlington — Grantham’s Evan Russell is off to a fair start in his defense of the Vermont Golf Association’s amateur championship.

The Eastman resident and Kimball Union Academy graduate shot a 3-over-par 74 on Tuesday in the first round of the Vermont Amateur and is four shots off the pace in the 72-hole tournament. Ralph Myhre’s Gregory Scott and Jay Peak’s Bryan Smith were the only competitors to break par, each shooting a 1-under 70 to share the 18-hole lead.

Russell, fresh off his sophomore campaign with the University of Hartford men’s golf team, netted only two birdies on day one, on the par-5 fifth and par-3 10th holes. He dropped back from the leaders late in his round with two bogeys on his final seven holes.

The former Essex High School golfer is trying to become the ninth golfer to record back-to-back wins in the 108-year history of the Vermont Am. Russell — who plays out of the Country Club of Vermont in Waterbury Center — beat Smith by four shots at last August’s weather-postponed event at the Country Club of Barre.

Green Mountain National’s Garren Poirier joined Russell in a group of three at 74, tied for eighth place. Hartford High graduate and Castleton State men’s golf freshman Zach Temple shot a 77 and is tied for 14th place through one day.

The top 40 golfers and ties after today’s second round qualify for Thursday’s 36-hole final day.

Legion Baseball

Lebanon 4, Keene 4

Keene, n.h. — Lebanon Post 22 (11-0 overall, 10 league) scored two runs in the ninth to squeeze past Keene.

Jordy Levin and Ben Bates had two hits apiece for Lebanon, while Ben Robinson (six innnings, one run, five strikeouts), Parker Thurston (11⁄3 innings, two runs) and Chase Hussey (12⁄3 innings) split the pitching duties.

Post 22 hosts Concord today.

Lebanon Jrs. 6, Plymouth 1

Lebanon — Will Smith was 3-for-4 with two runs scored as the Lebanon Post 22 junior team (6-2) defeated Plymouth.

Steve Cerrone pitched and allowed one run on five hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked two. Nate Perkins threw a shutout seventh to close the door.

Cerrone, Levy Byrd and Bryar Rouillard each had a hit and a run.

Lebanon visits Jaffrey on Thursday.

Men’s Soccer

Touchline IV 10, Bethel FC 0

Bethel — Konrad Mitchell had two goals and two assists as Touchline IV (6-3-1) routed Bethel FC in a New Hampshire Soccer Conference match for its third win on four days.

Rocco Linehan scored two goals for Touchline, while Noah Kahan, Chris Towell and Jonas Taenzer each had a goal and an assist. Robbie Murdza, Tomas LaPorta and Reilly Decker each scored a goal, and Josh Wallace (two) and Jack Pattison each assisted.

Ludlow 3, Touchline V 0

Norwich — Touchline’s D-V team (3-2-1) was shut out by Ludlow, which plays in the New Hampshire Soccer Conference’s D-IV.

Pat Logan made six saves in goal for Touchline, which visits Claremont on Friday.