Kutztown grad Stump an in­field fix­ture for West Ch­ester

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

COURT­NEY STUMP (KUTZTOWN) » The 5-foot-5 sopho­more in­fielder has played in all 23 games with 22 starts for the West Ch­ester soft­ball team, the Golden Rams 15-8 af­ter split­ting a dou­ble­header with Shep­herd on March 27 in West Ch­ester. Stump had an RBI sin­gle in the first in­ning in a 6-0 vic­tory in the first game. She’s hit­ting .203 (13-for-64) with a dou­ble, four runs scored and four runs bat­ted in. In the field, Stump has made seven er­rors on 88 chances (.920) play­ing both third base and short­stop. RE­NEE WALL (BRANDY­WINE HEIGHTS) » The fresh­man hit a three-run home run in her first at-bat to help the In­di­ana soft­ball team kick off its sea­son with a 10-1 vic­tory over Salem In­ter­na­tional on March 9 in Salem, Va. The in­fielder leads the Crim­son Hawks in hit­ting with a .355 av­er­age (11-for-31) with three dou­bles, two home runs, four runs scored and 13 runs bat­ted in. In­di­ana is 6-6 af­ter de­feat­ing North­west­ern Ohio 4-3 and 11-5 on March 17 in Cler­mont, Fla. Wall was 4-for-7 with a dou­ble, homer and four RBIs in the two games.

RYAN SMITH (HAM­BURG) » The 6-foot-3 sopho­more took medal­ist hon­ors to help the Cal­i­for­nia men’s golf team kick off the spring sea­son by cap­tur­ing the team ti­tle at the Coaches In­vi­ta­tional Clas­sic on March 26-27 in Crofton, Md. The Vul­cans took the ti­tle by eight strokes led by Smith who had rounds of 75, 75 and 73 for a seven-over-par to­tal of 223 to fin­ish two strokes ahead in the 71 player field. He played in four events dur­ing the fall sea­son and had a scor­ing av­er­age of 78.8. RE­BECCA BLATT (HAM­BURG) » The sopho­more showed off her power to lead the Millersville soft­ball team to a dou­ble­header sweep of Bowie State March 26 in Bowie, Md. Blatt had two home runs and was 5-for-8 with six runs bat­ted in as Millersville won 17-3 and 16-1. She’s hit­ting .322 (19-for-59) with five dou­bles, five home runs and a team-high 26 runs bat­ted in. At short­stop, she’s made seven er­rors on 74 chances (.905) with four dou­ble plays. Blatt hit .228 with two home runs in 47 games as a fresh­man.

MARYBETH STONE (GOV. MIF­FLIN) » This is Marybeth Stone’s first sea­son play­ing for the 10-2 Haver­ford soft­ball team but the sopho­more first base­man is off to a big start.

Stone, a trans­fer from Mid­dle­bury Col­lege and a Gover­nor Mif­flin grad­u­ate, is hit­ting .500 (19for-38) with five dou­bles, 10 runs scored and 15 runs bat­ted in. In a three-game stretch in Kis­sim­mee, Fla., on March 13-15, the left­handed hit­ter was 9-for-11 with four runs scored and six runs bat­ted in as The Fords de­feated St. Nor­bert’s (11-7), Susque­hanna (4-2) and Wheaton (13-2). Haver­ford opened play in the Cen­ten­nial Con­fer­ence with a dou­ble­header sweep of Muhlenberg (75, 8-4) on March 27 in Al­len­town and Stone had three hits in five at-bats plus two walks with two runs scored and an RBI.

Be­sides her hit­ting, Stone is a solid de­fender at first base mak­ing just three er­rors on 74 chances (.959).

Stone played in 30 games for Mid­dle­bury as a fresh­man and hit .405.

BROOKE WENSEL (BERKS CATHOLIC) » The ju­nior was named Pa­triot League Player of the Week on March 27 for her stel­lar play with the 4-22 Lafayette soft­ball team. The Bech­telsville na­tive was named af­ter she hit .833 (5for-6) with two home runs and four runs bat­ted in as the Leop­ards de­feated Holy Cross 13-4 and then lost 8-0 and 12-3 to the Cru­saders. Wensel is hit­ting .278 (20-for-72) with three dou­bles, a triple, three home runs, 15 runs scored and seven runs bat­ted in. In an 8-5 vic­tory over St. Peter’s on March 29, she had a home run and sin­gle with four RBIs.

COUR­TESY WEST CH­ESTER ATH­LET­ICS

West Ch­ester’s Court­ney Stump (Kutztown).

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