LOCAL CONNECTIONS: U Of S’ Harding Named Landmark Baseball Player Of Year
University of Scranton sophomore outfielder Connor Harding was chosen Landmark Conference baseball Player of the Year. Harding, from Vestal, N.Y., led the conference in batting average (.464), on-base percentage (.517), hits (70) and triples (9). He also had eight doubles, three home runs, 46 runs and 34 RBI and 14 stolen bases. His hit and triple totals set single-season school records and his batting average was third-highest in Scranton history. He ranks fourth in NCAA Division III in triples and sixth in batting average. Marywood University junior first baseman Jake Schuster was selected an Atlantic East Conference baseball first-team all-star. The Lansdale native led the Pacers in batting average (.381), hits (43), triples (2), home runs (6), runs (24) and RBI (32) in 31 games. Immaculata University freshman outfielder Corey Pezak (Valley View) was named a second-team Atlantic East all-star. He batted .342 (26 for 76) with nine doubles, 21 runs and 15 RBI. East Stroudsburg University redshirt sophomore pitcher Nate Fiala (Scranton Prep) was tabbed a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference baseball East Division second-team all-star. Fiala was 4-2 with a 2.89 earned-run average in 12 games (10 starts) for the Warriors. He allowed 15 earned runs, walked 15 and struck out 51 in 46⅔ innings. Finishing touch Lehigh University freshman Mason Black (Valley View) tossed a nine-inning complete game in a 5-2 win over Holy Cross, enabling the Mountain Hawks to earn a split of their season-ending doubleheader. Black allowed two earned runs on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts, He finished the season 3-0 with a 4.36 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 33 innings. Track talk Georgetown University freshman Katie Dammer (Abington Heights) was part of the 4x800-meter relay team that finished first in 8:49.43 at the Big East Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Randall’s Island, N.Y. Dammer ran the second leg in 2:15.109. She also finished fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:41.47. University of Pennsylvania freshman Skyla Wilson (Susquehanna) placed second in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.01 seconds at the ECAC/IC4A Championships at Princeton University. Campbell University junior Collin Cooper (Lakeland) finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles at the Big South Conference Championships. He also ran the leadoff leg of the Camels’ 4x400-meter relay that placed fourth in 3:17.04. At the PSAC Championships at Mansfield University, East Stroudsburg University senior Pat Monahan (North Pocono) ran the leadoff leg of the 4x100-meter relay that won in 41.69 seconds. Sophomore teammate Garth Estadt (Lakeland) was fourth in the decathlon with a personal-best 5,832 points. Estadt placed fifth or better in five of the 10 events. Also from ESU, junior Andrew Lopez (Scranton) was on the 4x800-meter relay team that finished third in 7:44.53. Sophomore Gabrielle D’Amore (Honesdale) took eighth in the women’s javelin at 127 feet, 3 inches. Mansfield University junior Hunter Watkins (Elk Lake) placed second in the men’s javelin at 206 feet, 6 inches. Senior Kenzie Jones (Elk Lake) finished eighth in the 5,000 meters in 18:30.58 and fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a personal-best 11:44.07. Lock Haven University freshman C.J. Anderson (Delaware Valley) was second in the 110-meter hurdles at 14.60 seconds and third in the 400-meter hurdles in 52.77 seconds, which is a NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark. West Chester University freshman Corah Krantz (Lakeland) placed sixth in women’s pole vault at 11 feet, 2¼ inches. Softball smarts Concordia College, N.Y., senior Tori Tansley (Old Forge) was named to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference softball All-Academic Team for the third straight year. Tansley has a 3.71 grade-point average as a psychology major. She also was named the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the school’s athletic awards banquet. In 33 games this season, Tansley batted .282 (24 for 85) with five doubles, one triple, eight runs and nine RBI. Quick connects Fordham University senior Chelsea Skrepenak (Holy Cross) was named to the Atlantic 10 Conference softball championship tournament team. In four games, Skrepenak scored a tournament-high nine runs and had eight hits and three stolen bases. ... Wilkes University softball senior Gab Giordano (Holy Cross) was a MAC Freedom first-team all-star. She led the team in batting average at .357. Her eight home runs rank sixth in school single-season history and her 22 stolen bases are second in school single-season history. ... Wilkes University women’s lacrosse senior Kyra Boccio (Delaware Valley) led the team with 60 points (41 goals, 19 assists). She concluded her career ranked sixth in school history in both goals (135) and points (200). She also was named to the Middle Atlantic Conference Spring Sportsmanship Team. SCOTT WALSH covers area college athletes and teams in Local Connections. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 ext. 5109; and follow him @swalshTT on Twitter.