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I’d like to buy a vowel and hit it with a baseball at Eck Stadium

Wichita State sophomore outfielder Dayton Dugas damaged two letters in the scoreboard during scrimmages this fall at Eck Stadium.
Wichita State sophomore outfielder Dayton Dugas damaged two letters in the scoreboard during scrimmages this fall at Eck Stadium. The Wichita Eagle

Consider this Shocker baseball’s version of Wheel of Fortune. In reverse.

Last year during batting practice, catcher Gunnar Troutwine put a hole in the “R” that spells out “Shocker Baseball” atop the scoreboard in left field. This fall, Dayton Dugas knocked a hole in the “0” (the baseball is reportedly still in there) and cracked the “S” in Shocker.

“I don’t think they thought anyone could hit it,” Dugas said. “They didn’t think to protect the letters.”

The scoreboard, 20 feet, 5 inches tall, is roughly 410 feet from home plate. A net covers most of the scoreboard, stopping just below the letters.

Dugas leads WSU with five home runs this fall and Alec Bohm is next with four.

“(Dugas) hit a ball one day that went over (21st St.) and landed in that lot,” WSU coach Todd Butler said. “Bohm has hit the fireplace on the Coleman (pavillion) out there in left-center.”

Dugas hit one of those letter-breakers off pitcher Connor Lungwitz.

“I threw a changeup and it wasn’t down, and as soon as I threw it I knew it was going to be a big mistake,” Lungwitz said. “There’s such little margin for error against these hitters.”

Paul Suellentrop: 316-269-6760, @paulsuellentrop

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