Alvernia’s Catchmark takes top pitcher prize
JOHN CATCHMARK (GOV. MIFFLIN)
>> John Catchmark has been rewarded for his standout performance with the Alvernia baseball team this season by being named MAC Commonwealth Conference Pitcher of the Year. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound sophomore right-hander posted an 8-2 record for the Crusaders and struck out a leaguehigh 91 batters in just 71 innings. The Governor Mifflin gras had a 2.28 earned run average in 11 starts giving up 51 hits and 21 runs, 18 earned, with 22 walks.
Catchmark had two big league wins down the stretch – in a 6-1 victory over Stevenson on April 24 and a 3-0 triumph over Arcadia on April 28th, both in Reading.
Against Stevenson, he had a career-high 14 strikeouts in eight innings of a nine-inning game. He gave up just two hits with one walk and no runs, the Mustangs scoring a run in the ninth. Against Arcadia, he had a seven-inning complete game and gave up three hits and one walk with 11 strikeouts for his shutout victory.
Catchmark was named to the Commonwealth second team as a freshman after going 8-0 in 10 starts with 66 strikeouts in 59.1 innings.
The Crusaders were the No. 1 seed entering the league tournament but they were beaten by No. 2 seed Arcadia 8-4 in the title game on May 7. Now Alvernia (28-13-2) has to hope to get an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament. CAROLINE KALLOS (GOVERNOR MIFFLIN) >> The standout junior midfielder had a big game to lead the Washington & Jefferson women’s lacrosse team to a 15-8 victory over Saint Vincent in the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference championship game on May 6 to earn an automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament. She had
two goals, two assists, nine ground balls, seven caused turnovers and three draw controls. Kallos has 56 goals and 21 assists for 77 points and lead the 13-4 Presidents with 96 ground balls, 75 draw controls and 62 caused turnovers. Kallos was the ORLC Defensive Player of the Week the final three weeks of the
season. JONATHAN BIEBER (EXETER)
>> The Albright junior finished first in the 100 meter hurdles for the second straight year at the MAC Outdoor Track Championships last Saturday in Center Valley. His time of 15.56 was .01 off his personal best and ranks him 12th on the NCAA Division III Mideast Region performance list. He finished second in the preliminaries with a time of 16.17. Bieber also finished eighth
in the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 1:03.20 DEREK STUMP (EXETER)
>> The senior was named to the MAC Freedom second team for his play with the Albright men’s lacrosse team. King’s junior captain Brock Johnson (Boyertown) was also named to the second team. Stump had 16 goals and a team-high 44 assists for 60 points. He also had 29 ground balls and had a goal and four assists in a 14-10 victory over Messiah
in the league semifinals on May 3. Johnson led the 5-10 Monarch’s in goals (25), assists (23) and total points (48). He also had 21 ground balls and seven caused turnovers and score at least one point in 14 of 15 games. EMMA JONES (GOVERNOR
MIFFLIN) >> The Lebanon Valley junior and sophomore teammate Jen Eck (Exeter) were named to the MAC Commonwealth second team in women’s lacrosse. Jones finished with
49 goals and 12 assists for 61 points and also had 41 ground balls, 49 draw controls and 28 caused turnovers. Eck had 22 ground balls, 36 draw controls and 18 caused turnovers and also chipped in with a goal and an assists as the Dutchmen finished 5-11 and dropped a 14-4 decision to Lycoming in a league tourney play-in game on May 2. ANABELLE DISTEFANO (EXETER) >> The 5-foot-5 freshman midfielder played in all 18 games with four
starts for the Philadelphia women’s lacrosse team which finished 10-8 overall and 6-3 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference and saw the season end with a 16-8 loss to Georgian Court in the CACC championship game on April 30 in Lakewood, N.J. DiStefano had seven ground balls, three draw controls and four caused turnovers. She scored her first and only goal of the season in a 25-2 triumph over Felician on April 12.