Bealmer, Ficken earn honors in baseball at Columbia College
Columbia College’s Dalton Bealmer and Kole Ficken stepped it up on the diamond this season for the Cougars.
Although Columbia College fell short in its bid for a national title, Bealmer and Ficken both exceeded their expectations on the playing field in 2021.
For Bealmer, the senior outfielder was recently named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) 2021 NAIA Baseball All-American team. He also earned Second-Team All AMC honors.
Bealmer hit .410 on the season and set career highs in RBIs (63), home runs (17), doubles (16), hits (73), runs scored (58) and total bases (144). He ranked in the top 25 nationally in total bases per game (No. 14, 3.0), slugging percentage (No. 20, .809), home runs per game (No. 25, 0.3), runs batted in per game (No. 25, 1.3).
In 2020, Bealmer appeared in all 21 games, which was cut short due to COVID-19, and finished the season with a .441 batting average while accumulating 30 hits. He also had nine home runs and eight doubles and a .956 slugging percentage and a .567 on base percentage. Bealmer also accumulated 65 total bases while racking up 23 RBI and 30 runs scored. He also stole three bases on four attempts and finished with 29 putouts while racking up a .971 fielding percentage.
Meanwhile, in 2019, Bealmer appeared in 54 games, getting the start in 53 as a junior for the Cougars. Bealmer finished the season with a .328 batting average while accumulating 63 hits. He had a .625 slugging percentage and a .401 on base percentage. Bealmer also finished the season with 11 home runs, 14 doubles, five triples and accumulated 120 total bases while racking up 48 RBI and 49 runs scored. He stole nine bases on 11 attempts and finished with 95 putouts and five assists while racking up a .943 fielding percentage.
Bealmer ranked 16th in the NAIA in total triples (5) and 39th in triples per game (.093).
At Longview Community College in Lee’s Summit, Bealmer earned All-American honors.
Bealmer is a 2016 graduate of Boonville High School, where he played baseball and football and was selected All-Conference, All-District, All-State, and All-American.
As for Ficken, the transfer from the State Fair Community College in Sedalia and the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, was selected as a American Midwest Conference 2021 Baseball Gold Glove award winner.
Ficken made just 10 errors in 123 chances at the hot corner for Columbia. He had 63 assists, 50 putouts and was a part of 11 double plays.
He was also selected to the 2020-21 American Midwest (AMC) Academic All-Conference Team.
In total, 197 athletes were named to the list.
For the 2021 season, Ficken hit .260 with 34 hits in 131 at bats with 18 singles, seven doubles, one triple and eight home runs. He also drove in 29 runs and scored 25 times in 40 games as a starter for the Cougars.
Ficken attended Boonville High School and participated in both baseball and football, where he earned All-State, All-Conference, All-District, and Academic All-State Awards. He attended University of Central Missouri as a freshman and State Fair Community College in Sedalia as a sophomore.