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College Sports Spotlight: Abington Heights grads big hits for Wilkes baseball

First Posted: 4:14 pm - April 28th, 2015

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Pisanchyn

Slocum

Senior Dan Pisanchyn and sophomore Josh Slocum have been big hits for the Wilkes University baseball team all season long.

Pisanchyn (Abington Heights), the team’s designated hitter, has been a .300 hitter in his four seasons with the Colonels and is hitting .333 (27-for-81) with a few games remaining this season. He kicked off his career by batting .435 and earning All-Freedom Conference second team as a freshman.

“Dan is having a great senior season,” coach Matt Hollod said. “He has found his old confidence at the plate and I credit my assistant (Nat Ramsey) for that. Dan fits right into the middle of our lineup.”

Slocum (Abington Heights) had a decent freshman season but he’s really come on this season and has been hitting over .300 all season long.

“Josh really worked on his game and it has shown,” Hollod said. “He’s gotten to the point where he has a great approach to the plate. He’s come a long way in just one year.”

Lesneski finds her distance

Sophomore Alicia Lesneski (Abington Heights) started the outdoor season with the Alvernia women’s track team by competing in the 800 meter run. She followed that up by running the 1,500 and 3,000 and then the 5,000.

This weekend, she will represent the Crusaders in the 10,000 meter run at the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships in Grantham. She qualified with a 44.19 clocking in the Twilight Classic in Lansdale.

“She ran her personal best in the 5k (21:11.88) and then qualified for the MAC in the 10K,” coach Eric Bennett said.

The coach sees a big future for Lesneski as a long distance runner.

“I see Alicia being very competitive and able to earn all-conference during her junior and senior years,” Bennett said. “And the increased distance will also help her succeed during the cross country season.”

Redkar fits right in

Freshman Jai Redkar posted a 4-5 record in singles and a 4-3 mark in doubles in the regular season for the Allegheny men’s tennis team this spring. Redkar (Abington Heights) wrapped up the season by scoring a 6-2, 6-0 victory at No. 6 singles and an 8-1 triumph at No. 3 doubles in a 9-0 victory over Washington & Jefferson.

“Jai has been a wonderful addition to the team,” coach Jared Luteran said. “He’s had some big wins in both singles and doubles. He is very coachable and always wants to get better as a player.”

The coach said that Redkar is a great teammate.

“The guys all love having him on the team,” Luteran said.

Sawicki wrapping it up

Kaitlyn Sawicki has had a standout career playing first base for the Keystone softball team. Sawicki (Lackawanna Trail) will end her four-year stay with the Giants by getting her name in the record book in a number of game, season and career marks including career hits (third with 138), home runs (tied for second with 10) and RBI (second with 90).

“Kait has been an anchor on the field and that gives a settled confidence to the rest of the infield,” coach Renee Barrows said. “The team knows that she will pick them up if and when she’s needed.”

Sawicki will be missed next season.

“She is a leader both on and off the field as she leads by example through her work ethic, team-first attitude, involvement on campus and success in the class room.”

Russell steps right in

Elizabeth Russell is a walk-on in the true sense of the word. Russell (Abington Heights) has played and started 11 games for the Rosemont women’s lacrosse team.

“After one of our early meetings, Elizabeth approached me about joining the team,” coach Jenna Petrucelli said. “She said, ‘I don’t know how to play lacrosse but I’m excited to be here’ and that statement revealed everything I needed to know about her.”

The coach said that Russell put in countless hours of hard work learning the game and adapting to college lacrosse.

“She is very passionate, driven, resilient and an exceptional young woman,” Petrucelli said. “I look forward to a lot of great things from Elizabeth.”

Honor for Boslough

Senior David Boslough (Lackawanna Trail) closed out his career with the York men’s golf team by finishing 12th and helping the Spartans finished third in the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament in Newport News, VA. He was named to the All-CAC second team.

Boslough posted a six-over-par 76 in the final round with a three-over 38 on the front and a three-over 38 on the back. He had an 81 in the opening round for a 36-hole total of 157. He had a two-over 37 on the front but a pair of double bogeys on the back side resulted in a 44.

Manasek pitching in

David Manasek is having a solid freshman season pitching with the Fordham baseball team. Manasek (Abington Heights) has worked in 15 games with one start for the Rams and has a 1-3 record with a 5.00 earned run average. In 27 innings, he has given up 24 hits and 20 runs, 15 earned, with 13 walks and 28 strikeouts.

Manasek recorded his first college victory in a 3-2 triumph over Hofstra. He pitched 3.2 innings in relief and gave up three hits, no runs, walked one and struck out five.

At Abington Heights, Manasek was All-Region Player of the Year as a senior, helping the Comets capture their second straight AAA District Championship.

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