Altscher putting bat, legs to good use

Outfielder on a tear for Mary Washington



April 03, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Speedy Aaron Altscher has been off to the races this spring for the Mary Washington baseball team.

The 5-foot-8 junior left fielder from Wilde Lake is hitting .396, has stolen nine bases in 10 attempts, leads the team in slugging percentage (.625), is tops in on-base percentage (.484) and has five doubles, three triples, 15 RBIs, 17 runs scored and 11 walks in 48 at-bats.

The left-handed-hitting Altscher is also a strong threat to lay down a drag bunt for a hit at any time and has already been honored as the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

"I plan to go as far as the game will take me," said Altscher who has played for the Maryland Orioles and Columbia Reds in the summer. "There's a lot of politics and luck involved."

Altscher has helped lead Mary Washington (19-3-1, 4-0 in the CAC) to 13 straight wins.

"The ace of our pitching staff is Ryan Grue," said Altscher of the senior right-hander from Calvert Hall.

Grue has a 7-1 record, a 2.92 ERA and four complete games in eight starts. He's pitched 52 1/3 innings, has struck out 55 and walked just 11. He's hit six batters.

Another former Calvert Hall player on the team in Fredericksburg, Va., is junior first baseman Brad Williams.

Parker an instant hit

Standout Colgate wide receiver Joe Parker (Arundel High) wasn't content to spend his last spring at the Hamilton, N.Y., school counting down the days until graduation.

Parker decided to give lacrosse a try and all the midfielder has done is lead the team in points with 10 goals and 10 assists, ground balls with 18, and is 11 of 22 on faceoffs.

Colgate is off to a 3-2 start, its best since 1994.

Evans does it all

Kellie Evans (North County) is Kutztown's version of Babe Ruth, hitting and pitching her way through the Golden Bears' softball schedule with abandon.

Evans, a junior, leads the team in hitting (.418) and has seven home runs, 21 RBIs and six doubles.

On the mound, she is 7-2 with a 2.62 ERA, 28 strikeouts and eight complete games.

Warner a force

Freshman outfielder Shawn Warner (Perry Hall) has helped lead the Mount Olive (N.C.) baseball team to a 22-15 record.

Warner is hitting .327, with 26 RBIs, three home runs, nine doubles, a .402 on-base percentage and a .495 slugging percentage.

Junior third baseman Michael Spann (Catonsville) is also on the team.

Et cetera

Cornell senior midfielder Jaimee Reynolds (Towson) was recently named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week in lacrosse ... New Hampshire junior attacker Jessie Groszkowski (Franklin), Boston University sophomore Liz Eberhart (Mount Hebron) and Vermont freshman defender/midfielder Mackenzie Dean (Broadneck) were honored last week by the America East conference for their outstanding lacrosse play.

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