Corey Furman did the job for the Bucknell baseball team this spring.
Furman (Wyoming Area) was the team’s designated hitter and leadoff man. He hit .291 (52-for-179) to lead the squad with six doubles, two triples and a home run. He had 21 RBI and led the Bison with 31 runs.
He also led the team in on-base percentage (.386).
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior was rewarded for his efforts by being named to the All-Patriot League first team.
“Corey had a solid year,” coach Scott Heather said. “He will be counted on to hit at the top of the order again next year and will likely play one of the corner outfield spots.”
Furman did see limited action in the outfield this year, handling 68 chances and making five errors (.925).
“Corey takes a level headed approach to the game and stayed consistent all year long because of that approach,” Heather said.
The Bison finished 16-33 overall and 10-10 in league play. They saw their season end with a doubleheader loss to Holy Cross in the Patriot semifinals.
FRITZGES WRAPS IT UP – Eric Fritzges (Dallas) saw his standout career with the Elizabethtown men’s tennis team come to an end when the Blue Jays dropped a 5-1 decision to Franciscan in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Fritzges, who was named to the Commonwealth Conference first team, finished his four-year career with a 56-33 singles record and a 60-34 doubles mark, giving him 115 total victories.
“Eric completed nothing short of a historic career,” coach Matt Helsel said. “He finishes tied for second in career victories helping his class win more matches, more conference matches, more conference titles and more NCAA appearances than any other four-year period in school history.”
The coach felt that the key to his success was the fact that he played with a quiet confidence and an iron will that even his opponents respected.
“He was a co-captain this year and was a great leader,” Helsel said. “Personally, it’s been an honor to serve as Eric’s coach and I will cherish the many lasting memories and special moments of his career.”
GORMAN TOP PITCHER – Scranton’s Corey Gorman has been named Pitcher of the Year in the Landmark Conference.
Gorman (Coughlin), a fifth-year senior, finished 3-4 with a 3.55 earned run average in 10 starts. In five of those starts, the left-hander took a loss or a no-decision while pitching at least six innings and allowing three or fewer earned runs.
In 63.1 innings, he allowed 69 hits and 22 walks while striking out a league-high 78 batters. He did his best work in league play with 52 strikeouts and just 11 walks in six games, striking out 10 or more in three of those games — including a season-high 12 in eight innings in a 2-1 loss to Moravian.
He’s ranked ninth in strikeouts per innings (11.08) and 17th in strikeouts on the NCAA Division III list.
Gorman finished his career with a 15-15 record and 227 strikeouts in 194.1 innings (10.5 per game). That’s the best average in Scranton history going back to 1980.
“I’m very happy that Corey won the award,” coach Michael Bartoletti said. “His hard work paid off and his record was not an indicator to how well he threw the baseball this year. I really think Corey will get a chance to pitch at the next level.”
YANORA HONORED – Sophomore Erika Yanora was named to the PSAC Central Division first team for her play with the Bloomsburg softball team.
Yanora (Tunkhannock) hit .302 (38-for-126) with four doubles, four triples, two home runs, 26 runs and 21 RBI. Playing third base and in the outfield, she made seven errors on 117 chances (.940).
Junior Mandi Black (Northwest) was also a key performer for the Huskies. She hit .328 (22-for-67) in 38 games with three doubles and three home runs. She was also 5-6 as a pitcher.
Bloomsburg finished 32-19 and saw its season come to an end with a 4-0 loss to Kutztown in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regionals.
DUO HELPED GREYHOUNDS – Junior Thomas Mariano and freshman Anthony Zaloga, both former Hazleton Area athletes, had strong seasons pitching for the Moravian baseball team.
The Greyhounds posted a 24-19 overall record and a 10-8 mark in the Landmark Conference.
They won the league tourney title with an 8-5 victory over Scranton and saw their season end with a 5-3 loss to Neumann in the NCAA Division III Auburn Regionals.
Mariano posted a 4-3 record with a 3.72 earned run average. The right-hander worked 46 innings and gave up 56 hits and 23 runs, 19 earned, with nine walks and 29 strikeouts.
Zaloga, also a right-hander, was 4-5 with three saves and a 3.31 earned run average. He worked 68 innings and gave up 57 hits and 35 runs, 25 earned, with 15 walks and 42 strikeouts.
He was the winning pitcher in an 8-1 victory over Scranton in the league semifinals, giving up seven hits and an earned run with two walks and six strikeouts in nine innings.
He was the losing pitcher in the Neumann game, giving up six hits and five runs, three earned, in 6.2 innings
POLLITT, BLACK TO COMPETE – Syracuse junior Donald Pollitt (Hazleton Area) and Penn State freshman Shelley Black (Coughlin) have earned spots in the NCAA Division I East Regionals starting Thursday in Greensboro, N.C.
Pollitt is seeded sixth in the men’s 110 meter hurdles (13.64) while Black is seeded 43rd in the women’s 400 meter hurdles (59.63). The top-12 finishers in each event in the East will join the top-12 finishers in the West in the national championships June 5-8, in Eugene, Ore.
INMAN PITCHES IN – Freshman Ashley Inman (Tunkhannock) posted a 3-1 record pitching for the Mansfield softball team.
The right-hander worked in 13 games with one start and had a 3.03 earned run average, giving up 41 hits and 20 runs, 14 earned, with seven walks and 20 strikeouts in 32.1 innings.
Inman also helped out at the plate. She batted just .208 (25-for-120) but had four doubles, three home runs and 20 RBI.
The Mountaineers finished 25-15 overall and saw their season end with losses to California (6-2) and Shippensburg (4-2) in the PSAC Tournament.
BERTONI WAS SOLID – Sophomore Sarah Bertoni (Nanticoke) posted a 15-10 record with a 1.41 earned run average for the Millersville softball team.
The right-hander pitched in 25 games with 24 starts and 21 complete games. In 154 innings, she gave up 146 hits and 54 runs, 31 earned. She walked 24 and struck out 122.
She also helped out at the plate, hitting .240 (18-for-75) with a double, home run, four RBI and 13 runs.
The young Marauders, with no seniors on the team, finished 30-20.
HAMPSEY HELPS ROYALS – Jamie Hampsey (Tunkhannock) had a solid first season playing with the Scranton softball team.
The right-hander was 9-9 with a 5.18 earned run average on the mound. She worked 106.2 innings and gave up 108 hits and 94 runs, 79 earned. She walked 103 and struck out 83.
At the plate, Hampsey batted .250 (15-for-60) with 10 RBI.
The Royals finished 13-18 overall and 4-6 in the Landmark Conference.
MILLAN A GOOD SPORT – Keystone junior Matt Millan (Tunkhannock) was named to the Colonial States Athletic Conference All-Sportsmanship team in men’s golf.
Millan, who finished 12th in the league championship (83-83—166), played in 15 rounds during the fall and spring seasons and had an 83.5 average. He had six top-20 finishes with a 77 his best round, which was second best on the squad.
The Royals finished in fifth place in the CSAC championship.
KEARNEY A WINNER – Junior Mike Kearney (Coughlin) pitched in five games with three starts for the Delaware Valley baseball team, and he came out a winner in all three starts – 11-4 over Maine Presque Isle, 3-0 over Bethany and 12-6 over Hilbert.
The right-hander gave up 20 hits and 13 runs, six earned, with nine walks and 18 strikeouts in 23 innings of work. He also served as an outfielder and designated hitter and batted .209 (9-for-43) with five RBI.
The Aggies finished 8-20 with a 6-15 record in the Freedom Conference.