Adam Wayman is once again doing the job for the Rider University baseball team.
Wayman (G.A.R.) is hitting .314 (16-for-51) with four doubles, seven RBI and nine runs scored for the 8-6 Broncs. At third base, he’s made just one error on 27 chances (.963).
“Adam bats third for us and he’s been pretty consistent since he’s been here and he’s a good leader,” coach Barry Davis said. “His experience is certainly going to pay off. There are not many situations that he hasn’t experienced.”
The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder entered this season with 166 career hits in 159 games, the hits 34th most in Rider baseball history. He collected his 100th hit in his 99th game last season.
Wayman was an All-New Jersey selection and a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Tournament selection last season when hit .297 in 55 games and led Rider with 63 hits and 36 runs scored. He also had 13 doubles and 30 RBI.
The Broncs have games against Campbell tonight and Wednesday in Buies Creek, NC.
BELLES REBOUNDING – Senior Erin Belles (Dallas) is serving as designated hitter with the Cornell softball team. She’s hitting .428 (9-for-21) with a double, home run, two runs scored and five RBI. She had a two-run homer and an RBI single in a 3-2 victory over Robert Morris last Saturday and was two-for-two in a 4-3 loss to Valparaiso Sunday.
“Erin is rebounding from a knee injury and subsequently a back injury,” coach Dick Blood said.
Belles is a record-setting weightlifter at Cornell.
“She should see valuable time in the DH role,” the coach said. “She has worked hard in the off-season with her glove and hopes to gain innings at the corners.”
Sophomore Kristan Baker (Dallas) is also on the squad. She’s seen action in two games. She played at Tomkins-Cortland Community College last season.
“Kristan is recovering from a back injury as well,” Blood said. “She missed two months in the fall and three weeks this winter. She is just now swinging the bat with authority. She has power and is fearless on defense. It will take time for her to catch up but she is a tireless worker and maintains a positive attitude.”
MEDVECKY HELPING LIONS – Sophomore John Medvecky (Hazleton Area) is hitting .318 (7-for-22) in the early going with the Albright baseball team. He has a double and five RBI and had two RBI singles in a 5-4 victory over Delaware Valley last weekend.
“John has gotten off to a good start as our starting third baseman,” coach Jeff Feiler said. “He has looked much more comfortable and confident this season with a year of experience under his belt and has given us strong defensive play and has shown improvement at the plate.”
The Lions are 6-3 in the early going.
“We are looking for John to continue his performance and become a bigger part of our offense as the season moves on,” Feiler said.
ADRIAN IN ACTION – Junior Ben Adrian of Dallas (Wyoming Seminary) and his Lycoming men’s lacrosse team travel to Wilkes-Barre Wednesday to play King’s College at 4 p.m.
Adrian, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound midfielder, has seven ground balls and a caused turnover for the 1-5 Warriors and has also picked up an assist.
“Ben is someone who has filled a variety of roles for us on and off the field,” coach Todd Hodgson said. “He has played midfield and runs as our long stick middie occasionally. His work ethic is great and it has helped him get better every day.”
The coach calls Adrian an unselfish player who will do whatever is asked of him.
“This year Ben has stepped up as a vocal leader and says the right things to encourage his teammates,” Hodgson said. “He has also thrived in the class room (Middle Atlantic Conference Academic honor roll as a sophomore). He is exactly the type of person we want representing Lycoming lacrosse.”
WOYTACH DOUBLES UP – Jonathan Woytach (Pittston Area) is having a big start to his senior season playing with the Marywood baseball team and he came up big for the Pacers last weekend in a doubleheader against Immaculata. He had three doubles and a single in eight at-bats but it wasn’t enough as Immaculata won both games (2-0, 4-0). On the season, he’s hitting .400 (14-for-35). And, the second baseman has made just one error on 34 chances.
Woytach was an All-Colonial States Athletic Conference first-team choice as a junior batting second. He hit .343 and was among the team leaders in most offensive categories.
“Jonathan was probably one of the most skilled and effective bunters in the country,” coach Gerald Davis said.
This season, the coach moved Woytach to the leadoff spot due to his high on-base percentage and his ability to hit with two strikes.
“With him hitting leadoff, it gives us more options from an offensive standpoint,” Davis said. “Once again I expect him to be among the leading hitters in the conference. This being his senior season we look for Jonathan to continue to be our leader, both on and off the field.”
DUO WITH HUSKIES – Junior Mandi Black (Northwest) and sophomore Erica Yanora (Tunkhannock) are members of the Bloomsburg softball team which is 6-1 to start the season.
Black is a versatile performer. She plays in the field as well as pitches. She’s hitting .143 (1-for-7) with three runs scored and has worked three innings in relief and has given up one hit and no runs.
“Mandi has a lot of natural ability and has really improved to bring her game to the college level,” coach Susan Kocher said. “We look for her to contribute at third base, pitching and possibly in the outfield. She is quick with good foot speed and the potential to be a power hitter.”
Yanora, who had a solid freshman season, is hitting just .174 (4-for-23) thus far. She has a double, triple, home run, four runs scored and five RBI.
“Erica is very talented and had a terrific freshman year,” Kocher said. “She has begun the season right where she left off last season but has improved in all areas, especially as a leader on the field.”
GOOD EFFORT FOR BONE – Sophomore Jordan Bone (Pittston Area) had a solid performance pitching for the Maryland-Eastern Shore baseball team last Sunday. He started against Coppin State and worked six innings and gave up six hits, three runs, all earned, while walking two and striking out two. The Hawks lost 6-5 but he wasn’t charged with the loss. He has pitched in four games and started three and has a 3.86 earned run average. He’s worked 14 innings and given up 13 hits, nine runs (six earned) with eight walks and six strikeouts.
“Jordan is throwing the ball extremely well this season,” coach Pedro Swann said. “He has not had any setbacks thus far. He is working very hard this season and I am very proud of what he has accomplished thus far.”
The Hawks are 4-15 overall and 1-2 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.