Slowed down by hip injury, Boles moving forward



May 26, 2004|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Brian Boles didn't think twice about diving to his right for a hard-hit ground ball on that cold early February day as his Elizabeth City (N.C.) State University baseball team battled Pfeiffer University in a nonleague game.

"It was instinct," said the 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior first baseman from St. Frances. "That's just the way I play the game."

Of course, Boles never considered the consequences of a fall on ground that would result in a nagging hip pointer and turn his once-bright senior season into something of a nightmare.

"That [hip pointer] was the big blowup," said Boles. "The scouts out there have shied away at this point, I guess, because of my hip. I guess I'm going to have to take the long road now, playing with an independent team to get started."

Boles did play in 22 games his senior season, but his average dipped from .415 with six home runs his junior season to .262 with one home run for the Division II school in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

"I was 60 to 70 percent most of the year," he said. "I've been working out, and the hip is much better."

Boles attracted the attention of major league scouts his junior season with his size, power and speed in addition to his outstanding glove at first base.

Boles said Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Colorado and Florida "were scouting me" and he was hopeful of getting drafted next month.

Now, he must rely on his passion for the game to carry him on his long road back.

"I'll fight my way back," he said. "I always want to get my swings in."

Terrific Tiesi

Overlooked in all the celebration over Kelley Tiesi (Catholic) being named the NCAA Division II Softball Player of the Year was her adding to the Shippensburg single-season strikeout record of 345.

It beat the record of 201 set by Tiesi last season, and moved her closer to the career strikeout mark of 546 after just two seasons.

Eder is top CAA defender

Hofstra junior defender Bridget Eder (Mount de Sales) has been selected the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year as well as being chosen first-team all-CAA.

Et cetera

Boston University's leading women's lacrosse scorer, sophomore midfielder Lindsay Lewis (Glenelg), has been named the team MVP after extending her school-record, goal-scoring streak to 34 games. Lewis ranked fifth in the America East in scoring with 50 goals and 16 assists for 66 points, and she also led her team in draw controls (45), ground balls (42) and game-winning goals (three).

Three other Baltimore-area women's lacrosse players -- Danica Strutt (St. Paul's); Angie Martin (Seton Keough); and Noelle Hopper (Mount Hebron) -- contributed to BU in an injury-marred 9-10 season. Strutt, a sophomore midfielder, had 10 goals, one assist, 35 draw controls and 25 ground balls. Martin, a freshman attacker, scored six goals, had 17 assists and 27 ground balls while Hopper added six goals, two assists, 12 ground balls and nine assists.

Shippensburg senior attacker Page Heath (C. Milton Wright) led the team in goals scored (45) and total points (70) this season in addition to setting career records for points (244) and assists (69). Heath was a second-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference pick, along with sophomore defender Kaitlin Keene (Seton Keough) and senior goalkeeper Kelby Vanous (Centennial).

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