Sopho­more Kulp 2-0 for Alver­nia base­ball team

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - SPORTS - By Bill Arse­nault For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

AARON KULP (KUTZTOWN) » The 6-foot-3 sopho­more right-han­der has a 2-0 record in three games and two starts for the Alver­nia base­ball team, the Golden Wolves 8-3 af­ter a 10-5 vic­tory over Man­hat­tanville on March 15 in Read­ing. Kulp has a 3.09 earned run aver­age. In 11.2 in­nings, he has given up 13 hits and four runs, all earned, with five walks and 15 strike­outs. His vic­to­ries came in starts against Elms (7-2) on March 4 and De­fi­ance (10-5) on March 9, both in Ft. My­ers, Fla.

CIARA DELONG (FLEET­WOOD) » The sopho­more is hit­ting .389 (14-for-36) for the 5-7 Mis­eri­cor­dia soft­ball team. She has a dou­ble, two home runs, seven runs scored and 14 runs bat­ted in. She had a sin­gle, dou­ble, home run and five RBI in a 9-5 vic­tory over Penn State Berks on March 8 in Kis­sim­mee, Fla. and a three-run homer in a 6-4 tri­umph over Shep­herd on Feb. 23 in Winch­ester, Va. At third base, DeLong has made five er­rors on 45 chances (.933).

KATE RAAB (GOV. MIF­FLIN) » Kate Raab had a break­out sea­son with the Mis­eri­cor­dia women’s lacrosse team as a sopho­more but she is re­ally com­ing into her own this sea­son.

Raab, a Gov­er­nor Mif­flin grad, has 14 goals and an as­sist for 15 points for the 3-4 Cougars. The 5-foot-3 at­tack has scored at least one goal in six of seven games and had four goals in a 19-12 vic­tory over Mary­wood on March 1 in Dal­las, three goals in a 15-6 tri­umph over Susque­hanna on Feb. 24 in Selins­grove and three goals in a 17-12 loss to Mo­ra­vian on March 6 in Clear­wa­ter, Fla.

“Kate has been a huge as­set to our at­tack this year,” coach Brenna Gal­lagher said. “She has im­proved in all facets of the game since I be­gan coach­ing her in the fall of 2016.”

The coach feels that Raab’s fit­ness, stick skills and lacrosse IQ have re­ally im­proved.

“Kate’s work ethic and at­ti­tude is con­ta­gious and with such a young team, I know that the first years and sopho­mores look up to her. I’m ex­cited to see Kate con­tinue to come into her own as a player.”

Raab had two goals in 16 games as a fresh­man but had 18 goals and four as­sists in 19 games last sea­son.

SAVANNAH TOTH (DANIEL BOONE) » The ju­nior is hit­ting .280 (7-for-25) for the 4-4 Le­banon Val­ley soft­ball team. She has three dou­bles, three runs scored and eight runs bat­ted in. Toth had two hits, two runs scored and three RBIs in a 17-1 vic­tory over Mor­risville to wrap up the team’s Florida trip on March 9 in Min­neola. In the field, she’s made one er­ror on 32 chances (.969). Fresh­man Sarah Mus­sel­man (Ex­eter) has pitched in three games with a start for the Dutch­women and is 0-2.

CHRIS SMITH (EX­ETER) » The red­shirt fresh­man is hit­ting .340 for the Jef­fer­son base­ball team, the Rams 3-11 af­ter a 10-4 loss at Win­ston-Salem State (N.C.) on March 14. Smith, who bats third, has 17 hits in 50 at-bats with two dou­bles, a triple, a home run, nine runs scored and eight runs bat­ted in. He’s 5-for-5 in stolen bases and has made four er­rors on 47 chances (.915) at short­stop. He had a home run, two sin­gles and two RBIs in an 11-0 vic­tory over Alder­son Broad­dus on March 4 in Thomasville, N.C. DY­LAN LOUVIAUX (GOV­ER­NOR MIF­FLIN) » The 5-foot10 sopho­more is hit­ting .345 to start the sea­son with the East­ern Nazarene base­ball team, the Lions 8-3 af­ter a 6-2 loss to Al­bright on March 12 in Fort Pierce, Fla. Louviaux has 10 hits in 29 at­bats with a dou­ble, four runs scored and four runs bat­ted in. He had two hits, a run and three RBIs in a 16-8 vic­tory over Hil­bert on March 8 in Fort Pierce and two hits and an RBI in a 3-1 tri­umph over Bridge­wa­ter State on March 6 in Vero Beach, Fla. The out­fielder hasn’t made an er­ror on 22 chances. RE­BECCA BLATT (HAM­BURG) » The sopho­more has made 15 starts at short­stop for the Millersville soft­ball team, the Ma­raud­ers 9-6 af­ter a 4-0 loss to Bemidji State on March 15 in Cler­mont, Fla. Blatt is hit­ting .267 (12-for-45) with four dou­bles and two home runs. She’s tied for first in runs bat­ted in with 19. In the field, she’s made five er­rors on 55 chances (.909) but has han­dled all 14 chances with­out an er­ror in her last four games. Blatt played in 47 games with 43 starts at short­stop as a fresh­man.

KALI HEPNER (HAM­BURG) » The Ship­pens­burg se­nior earned All-Amer­ica sec­ond-team hon­ors af­ter she tied for 12th place in the pole vault at the NCAA Di­vi­sion II In­door Track Cham­pi­onships March 9-10 in Pitts­burg, Kan. Hepner cleared 12 feet, 2 ½ inches on her sec­ond at­tempt at the height. She had cleared 11 feet, 8 ½ inches on her first at­tempt, but was un­able to get over the bar at its third height (12 feet, 6 ½ inches). She was the first Raider in his­tory to earn All-Amer­i­can hon­ors in­doors in the pole vault.

MARY­BETH STONE (GOV­ER­NOR MIF­FLIN) » The sopho­more first base­man is off to a great start with the Haver­ford soft­ball team, the Fords 7-1 af­ter fivein­ning 13-2 vic­tory over Wheaton (Mass.) March 15 in Kis­sim­mee, Fla. Stone was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and four runs bat­ted in. On the same day, she had three hits and an RBI in a 4-2 tri­umph over Susque­hanna. She’s hit­ting .536 (15-for-28) with four dou­bles, eight runs scored and 10 runs bat­ted in. In the field, she’s made just one er­ror on 50 chances (.980). FRANKLIN RAMIREZ (BERKS CATHOLIC) » The 5-foot-10, 175-pound ju­nior is see­ing ac­tion in the out­field for the West Ch­ester base­ball team, the Golden Rams 10-3 af­ter post­ing a 5-1 record in Kis­sim­mee, Fla. March 10-15. Ramirez is hit­ting .281 (9-for-32) with three dou­bles, eight runs scored and five RBI.

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