Schoendienst taking after great uncle

Alumni Report

March 15, 2006|By BILL FREE | BILL FREE,SUN REPORTER

Old Dominion senior shortstop Jesse Schoendienst has much more blond than red in his hair, with the red mostly in his beard, but his teammates still call him "Red" out of respect for his baseball genes.

The former C. Milton Wright standout's great uncle is Baseball Hall of Famer and former St. Louis Cardinals manager Red Schoendienst, who has not had an opportunity to see the young Schoendienst play.

"He hasn't made it out here yet," Jesse said on Sunday from Norfolk, Va., where the Monarchs had completed a three-game sweep of George Mason to run their record to 17-3 this season. "He's pretty busy with his family and everything. I went out to Illinois where I grew up in hopes of seeing him last Christmas, but he was away with his family."

Jesse said his great uncle works as a special assistant for the Cardinals and is in Florida for spring training.

The Cardinals made Jesse a 40th-round draft selection last June, although the 5-foot-11, 165-pound Schoendienst hit only .276.

Jesse was set to sign a contract with St. Louis, but the Cardinals wanted him to stay at Old Dominion for his final year of eligibility.

"They like my quick hands and my defense," he said. "But we basically had a deal. They wanted me to go back [to school] and get a little bit stronger and work on my hitting a little bit.

"I was basically ready to go, but they said, `We'd rather see you play another full year there and after your season there, we'll probably try to work on something and sign you before you go back to the draft pool next year [this June].' "

Despite being slowed by shoulder and leg injuries this season, Schoendienst is hitting .362 with nine RBIs, three doubles, one triple and one home run.

Leland rolls

New Hampshire senior attacker Katie Leland (Dulaney) reached the 200-point milestone in her collegiate lacrosse career Saturday, with two goals and four assists in a 20-8 victory over Marist.

Leland has 132 goals and 68 assists and is just one of five New Hampshire players to rank in the school's all-time top 10 in points, goals, and assists. Leland has six goals and six assists this season, which is third on the team, after leading the team last year in goals (51), assists (21) and points (72).

Broccolino on roll

St. Mary's College sophomore catcher Michael Broccolino (Old Mill) is hitting .355, has 11 RBIs and leads the team in walks with 16 in 12 games.

Broccolino is second on the team in RBIs and third in batting average.

Contact Bill Free by e-mail at bfree7066@hotmail.com or by phone at 410-833-5349.

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