FORMER DRAGONS HEADED TO KANSAS BASEBALL HOF

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A former Hutchinson Community College baseball coach and former player have both been named to the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame in its induction class of 2019.

Former head coach Brad Hill and former Blue Dragon pitcher Craig Dingman will join former Wichita State players Koyie Hill and Mike Pelfrey, former Kansas State coach Dave Baker and the 1997 and 1998 Cowley Tigers National Championship baseball teams in the 2019 induction class.

The ceremony will be on January 26 in Wichita.

Hill started his coaching career at Hutchinson Community College. Hired in 1987, Hill was the maestro of a tremendous turnaround. Hutch baseball in the six previous years to Hill had a .293 winning percentage. In his three seasons with the Blue Dragons (1988, 1989, 1990), the Blue Dragons were 83-52.

After modest start with a 17-25 record in 1988, Hill guided the Blue Dragons to its first 30-win season in 11 years in 1989 with a 34-18 record. He followed that with a 32-9 mark in 1990 before moving on.

Hill, a native of Galva, Kansas, became an assistant at the University of Kansas, staying there for four seasons. Hill's final season with the Jayhawks netted that program's only trip to the College World Series in 1993. From 1995 to 2003, Hill was the head coach at NCAA Division II Power Central Missouri State, winning a national championship in 2003.

From 2004 to 2018, Hill was the head coach at Kansas State. A two-time Big XII Coach of the Year, Hill guided the Wildcats to the 2013 Big XII regular-season championship.

Dingman, a native of Wichita, was a pitcher for the Blue Dragons in 1993 and 1994. He had a career record of 8-4 with 101 strikeouts in his two seasons at Hutch.

In 1993, Dingman went 5-3 with a 3.92 earned-run average and 75 strikeouts as a freshman. His sophomore year was cut short by injury, but Dingman produced a record of 3-1 with a 1.73 ERA and 26 strikeouts.

Dingman was drafted in the 36th round of the 1993 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees. He made his major league debut on June 30, 2000 as a member of the Yankees.

In 2001, Dingman was traded to the Colorado Rockies. He also spent time in the Tigers, Cubs and Reds organizations, playing in the majors with the Rockies and Tigers.

Injuries again cut his Dingman's career short. His final game in the majors came on Sept. 28, 2005 as a member of the Detroit Tigers.