Mike Kearney is starting on the mound for the Delaware Valley baseball team.
Kearney (Coughlin) is 2-1 with a 2.33 earned run average in four starts. In 20.1 innings, he’s given up 18 hits and 11 runs, seven earned, with six walks and 17 strikeouts. He tossed a complete-game 5-2 victory over Geneva, giving up four hits and two runs, one earned, with two walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings. He pitched four innings and gave up five hits and two runs, one earned, with three walks and four strikeouts in a 6-4 loss to King’s on Sunday. He wasn’t charged with the loss.
“Mike worked very hard this offseason and into the season to be one of our top four pitchers,” coach Bob Altieri said. “He has a nice fastball, but has improved his breaking ball a lot since last spring with the help of our new pitching coach (Craig Clark).”
The coach sees even bigger things from the junior right-hander.
“If Mike continues to improve we expect him to be one of our top conference pitchers next year and a possible all-league candidate,” Altieri said.
MARO A CONTENDER — Kim Maro is off to a great start as a member of the Denison University women’s outdoor track team.
Sophomore Maro (Tunkhannock) is competing in the javelin and shot put for the Big Red and finished third in the javelin with a personal best effort of 99-09 at the season-opening Rose-Hulman Invitational in Terre Haute, Indiana. She followed that up by finishing second in the javelin at the Dick Small Invitational at Denison with a new personal best 103-04 effort.
She fell off a little last weekend when she finished 13th (92-05) at the All-Ohio Division III Championships in Delaware, Ohio; she was seeded 11th.
“Kim put in a great winter of conditioning and strength work and it has paid off right away,” coach John Hartpence said.
The Big Red is prepping for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship April 25-26 in Defiance.
“Kim currently ranks fifth on the conference list ,” Hartpence said. “She will definitely be a contender.”
CHOMAN HELPS IONA – Christian Choman (Holy Redeemer) is starting at first base for the Iona baseball team, which is 6-19 overall and 3-6 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
The 6-foot-5, 227-pound sophomore is hitting .241 (20-for-83) with three doubles, a home run, 11 runs scored and 10 RBI. He’s made just three errors on 225 chances (.987).
“After a successful freshman year, Christian has started this season where he left off,” coach Brian Beyrer said. “He’s batting fourth for us and doing a good job.”
Freshman Nick Hogan (Wyoming Valley West) is hitting .175 (7-for-40) as a part-time outfielder and pinch hitter. He has two doubles, two runs scored and three runs batted in.
“Nick is emerging as an everyday player,” Beyrer said. “Look for him to crack the lineup more consistently.”
Sophomore John Nargoski (Meyers) is a member of the pitching staff and is 0-2 in five games with three starts.
“John is progressing well,” Beyrer said. “He has the potential to be a weekend starter for us.”
MEDVECKY HELPING LIONS – Junior John Medvecky (Hazleton Area) is hitting .295 for the Albright baseball team which is 8-12 overall and 6-9 in the Commonwealth Conference. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound third baseman has 18 hits in 61 at-bats with a double, five runs scored and 11 RBI.
“John is playing with a great deal of confidence right now,” coach Jeff Feiler said. “He had a good fall season and worked hard in the off-season and he is seeing the results of that work now.”
The coach feels that Medvecky is a little more aggressive at the plate this year.
“He’s doing a good job looking for his pitch and attacking it when it comes,” Feiler said.
Freshman Joe Pechulis (Wyoming Valley West) has seen limited action with the Lions. He’s hitting .538 (7-for-13) with a double, home run and three RBI.
“Joe is doing a nice job and has given us some good at-bats in a pinch-hitting role,” Feiler said. “He should continue to improve as he gets more at-bats.”
DUO HELPING MORAVIAN – Senior right-hander Tommy Mariano and sophomore right-hander Anthony Zaloga are members of the Moravian pitching staff, the Greyhounds 22-6 overall and 12-3 and in first place in the Landmark Conference.
Mariano (Hazleton Area) is 2-2 with a 4.91 earned run average in six starts. In 33.0 innings, he’s given up 34 hits and 23 runs, 18 earned, with 12 walks and 24 strikeouts.
“Tommy has thrown some really good games this year,” coach Paul Engelhardt said. “His numbers don’t show how well he has done. He injured his back during a game in Florida and gave up some negative numbers fighting through that game. I expect him to be the senior pitcher he can be.”
Zaloga (Hazleton Area) is 2-0 with a 6.28 earned run average in three starts. He has given up 21 hits in 14 innings with 13 runs, 10 earned. He’s walked six and fanned 14.
“Anthony had two good wins early but struggled recently and he’s been shut down with some shoulder problems,” Engelhardt said. “Moving forward, he should become an ace on this staff this year and next.
CANNON HONORED – The Patriot League recently announced its Academic Honor Roll in men’s soccer and Lafayette senior Eric Cannon was on the list. That’s nothing new for Cannon (Dallas) who was named to the list for the fourth straight season. He posted a 3.80 last fall as a biology major.
Cannon started all 18 games for the Leopards, who finished 4-6-8 overall and 2-5-2 in league play. He had an assist on the game-winning goal against Boston University and anchored a defense that gave up just 14 goals in those 18 games.
In his four years with Lafayette, Cannon helped the team post a 30-26-19 overall record and an 11-11-8 mark in Patriot League play.
LAGOSKI NINTH – Michigan State freshman Elena Lagoski competed in her first NCAA Regional Gymnastics in Baton Rouge, La. and finished tied for ninth in the floor exercise, the only event she qualified for. Lagoski (Wyoming Valley West and Northeast Gymnastics) posted a score of 9.875. A score of 9.900 would have put her into the NCAA Tournament. She had recorded that score four times during the regular season.