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LOCAL CONNECTIONS: Walsh, Pezak, Goetz Swinging Hot Bats

March 19, 2019

Several local athletes swung hot bats last week for their respective teams.

Junior JP Walsh (North Pocono) had consecutive three-hit games as the Monmouth University baseball team took the final two games of a three-game series against George Mason University.

First, Walsh went 3 for 3 with a triple, two walks and three runs in a 9-3 win. Sophomore Colin McCreary (Abington Heights) contributed an RBI single in the


Then, Walsh had three hits, two runs and two RBIs in a 7-3 victory. One of his hits was a two-run home run in the seventh inning that gave the Hawks a 5-2 lead. It was his second career home run. Walsh also stole home in the ninth inning.

■ Freshman Corey Pezak (Valley View) started seven of eight games on the Immaculata University baseball team’s Florida trip. He batted .462 (12 for 26) with four doubles, one

triple, eight runs and seven RBIs.

Pezak’s highlight came in a 14-4 win over the University of Northwestern, Minn. He went 5 for 5 with a double, triple, two runs and four RBIs.

■ Moravian College softball junior Lauren Goetz (Wallenpaupack) batted .500 (5 for 10) during doubleheader sweeps of Gwynedd Mercy University and Drew University with three doubles, two home runs, four runs and 11 RBIs.

In Game 1 against Gwynedd Mercy, Goetz had two home runs and six RBIs in an 18-4 win. She hit a three-run home run in the first inning, a two-run shot in the third inning and a bases-loaded walk in the third.

Streak stopper

Fordham University’s baseball team had lost three straight games. But Cory Wall (North Pocono) brought a halt to it.

The freshman pitcher allowed one run and three hits in seven innings with one walk and seven strikeouts as the Rams defeated Towson University, 6-1.

Wall improved his record to 2-0 with the victory.

Streak continuer

Mercy College sophomore baseball pitcher Jack Kelly (Scranton) tossed six shutout innings, allowing two hits, walking two and striking out five in a 2-0 win over the University of New Haven in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

Kelly (1-2) picked up his first victory of the season.

It also was the fifth straight victory for Mercy. It then won the second game of the doubleheader to extend its winning streak to six — the first such streak since 2000.

Court honors

Williams College senior Bobby Casey (Scranton Prep) was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-Northeast Region First Team. He also was a d3hoops.com

All-American honorable mention.

DeSales University senior Morgan Birmelin (Honesdale) was chosen a d3hoops.com Third-Team All-American.

Wilkes University senior Clay Basalyga (Abington Heights) and DeSales senior Bridget Walsh (Scranton Prep) were their school’s representatives on the Middle Atlantic Conference Winter Sportsmanship Team. Selected by their head coaches, the team recognizes student-athletes who exemplify great character and demonstrate sportsmanship on and off the field.

Quick connects

East Stroudsburg University track and field sophomore Gabrielle D’Amore (Honesdale) placed ninth in the javelin at the Charlotte 49er Classic at 125 feet,

10 inches. That is a qualifying mark for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships. ESU senior Pat Monahan (North Pocono) was part of the 4x100-meter relay team that finished 11th out of 22nd at the Charlotte 49er Classic in 42.54 seconds. ... Temple University freshman Lexi Walsh (Holy Cross) was

18th out of 43 runners in the 3,000 meters at the Charlotte 49er Classic in 10:44.08. ... Campbell University track and field junior Collin Cooper (Lakeland) ran the leadoff leg for the 4x400-meter relay team that finished third in 3:33.46 at the UNC-Wilmington Invitational. During the indoor track season, Cooper was a member of the Camels’ 4,000-meter distance medley relay team that won the title at the Big South Conference Championships in 10:22.25. ... During the St. Bonaventure University softball team’s four-game trip to Kentucky, senior Olivia Golay (Holy Cross) had a solo home run in a 6-5 loss to Morehead State; went 2 for 2 in a 10-2 loss to Bowling Green; and an RBI double in a 10-7 loss to Morehead State. ... Fordham University softball senior Chelsea Skrepenak (Holy Cross) has hit safely in 18 of the team’s 22 games. She is riding a seven-game hitting streak and had an 11-game hitting streak earlier this season. She is batting .406 (28 for 69) with five doubles, one triple, three home runs and 11 RBIs.

SCOTT WALSH covers area

college athletes and teams in Local Connections. Contact him at swalsh@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 ext. 5109; and follow him @swalshTT on Twitter.

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