Borchers a hit for Delaware softball team

Alumni Report

March 29, 2006|By BILL FREE | BILL FREE,SUN REPORTER

Sophomore second baseman Allison Borchers doesn't act or talk like a superstar for the Delaware softball team.

"I'm not trying to go out and be amazing," said Borchers, who was a first-team All-Metro choice at Fallston High. "Or be like the only player on the team. Coach [B.J. Ferguson] has me as leadoff batter just to get on base and help the team win."

Borchers is not only fulfilling Ferguson's expectations, as the team is off to an 18-8 start, but she is leads the Blue Hens in nearly every important offensive category.

She sets the pace in batting average (.389), runs scored (19), slugging percentage (.556), on-base percentage (.429), hits (35), and triples (three), while being tied for the home-run lead (two) and running a close second in RBIs (21 to 22 for leader).

Borchers also has a flair for the dramatic.

Last season, she hit a walk-off home run to beat Drexel. This season, she hit an inside-the-park grand slam to turn back Brown, 4-3, and went 4-for-4 in the home opener, as Delaware defeated UMBC, 5-4.

"When I was little I always wanted to play Division I softball in college," Borchers said. "I fell in love with the game."

Valderas a force

Jackie Valderas played a major role for the Loyola College women's basketball team (20-10) all season, even though the 6-foot senior forward from Seton Keough started only six games.

Valderas led the team in rebounds (6.4 average) and blocks (1.6 average), was third in scoring (9.9 a game), led the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in field-goal percentage (.535), and was first in the MAAC in free-throw percentage (.857).

She started all three games in Loyola's drive to the M AAC tournament championship game, where Valderas had 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in a 68-57 loss to Marist.

Valderas also was presented the team's Sixth Player of the Year award for a second straight season and was named to the MAAC women's basketball All-Academic team.

Tiesi on a roll

Not much has changed lately in Shippensburg senior Kelley Tiesi's life on the softball mound.

The All-Metro first-team choice from Catholic High is still mowing down batters at an extraordinary rate (163 strikeouts in 104 1/3 innings this season), and she is leading another Shippensburg charge through the NCAA Division II ranks with an 0.47 ERA on the way to a 12-3 record.

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

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