Sophomore Kulp 2-0 for Alvernia baseball team
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.