Digest: Salisbury ranked No. 1 in D-III softball for first time

Former Shucker Smalley named team's coach

May 02, 2013|Sports Digest


Salisbury ranked No. 1 in D-III softball for first time

For the first time in program history, Salisbury has been named the top-ranked team in the nation by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Top 25 poll. The Sea Gulls (35-2) claimed the No. 1 ranking after going undefeated in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament last week to win their 18th CAC title, the 17th in a row. The 1-0 victory over Frostburg State extended the team's winning streak to 24 games. Salisbury not only claimed the top spot but also secured all eight first-place votes and 200 points.

More softball: CCBC-Catonsville catcher Eleni Wright was named the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Player of the Week. ... Hood freshman Keerstie Robinson was named Commonwealth Conference Pitcher of the Week. ... McDaniel sophomore Caroline Brehm was chosen as the Centennial Conference Pitcher of the Week for the fourth time this season.

Baseball: Freshman left-hander Jake Drossner scattered eight hits over six innings as Maryland (27-21) earned a 4-2 victory at Liberty (26-21). LaMonte Wade (St. Paul) and Kevin Martir had two-out RBIs in the fifth and ninth innings, respectively. Kevin Mooney (North Harford) earned his eighth save of the season, tying him for the second-most in a single season in program history (Brett Cecil, 2007; Jimmy Reed, 2012). ... Senior right-hander Mike Bronakoski (North County) and three relief pitchers combined on a five-hitter as host (22-22) came away with a 4-2 victory over UMBC (11-25). ... Visiting York (21-20) got 15 hits en route to a 10-3 victory against Johns Hopkins (33-6), ranked No. 6 in Division III. ... Mount St. Mary's senior Tom Healy was named College Baseball Insider Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week after going 13-for-16 at the plate over four games. Earlier in the week, he was named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and Northeast Conference Player of the Week. Healy finished the four-game series 13-for-16 (.813) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, eight RBIs and eight runs scored. He had a slugging percentage of 1.500 for the series, and posted an on-base percentage of .842. ... The Vs. Cancer Foundation, which raises money to support children with cancer, is partnering with the UMBC team to hold a head-shaving event after its noon game against Stony Brook on Sunday at Baseall Factory Field. Half the proceeds will be donated locally to Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

Men's basketball: B.J. Andrews, a senior guard from McDonogh, signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play basketball at Clarion, a Division II school in Pennsylvania. ... Chris Manning, a junior power forward from Randallstown, has committed to Mount St. Mary's, according to his coach with the Team Sizzle AAU program.

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Football: Tickets for the third annual AT&T Nation's Football Classic, Sept. 7 at 3:30 p.m. at RFK Stadium between Howard and Morehouse will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Ticketmaster and at the Howard box office. For information, go to nationsfootballclassic.com.

Men's track and field: Frostburg State freshman jumper Michael Cronauer (Franklin) was named Capital Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week.

Women's track and field: Salisbury senior thrower Chelsea Tavik (Seton Keough) was named CAC Field Athlete of the Week. ... Johns Hopkins freshman runner Hannah Oneda (Winters Mill) was named Centennial Conference Athlete of the Week.

Men's golf: Navy junior Chris House, who won the Patriot League championship Sunday, was named the Naval Academy Athletic Association Athlete of the Week.

Women's volleyball: UMBC signed middle blocker and outside hitter Ivana Kostic of Belgrade, Serbia, and front-row player Zoya Trendafilova of Sofia, Bulgaria, to letters of intent.

Men's tennis: Mount St. Mary's senior Taylor Place was named to the Northeast Conference singles first team.

Et cetera

Former Shucker Smalley named team's coach

The Bay Area Shuckers of the American Professional Basketball League named Llewellyn Smalley coach. Smalley, a former Shuckers player, was an All-American and Hall of Famer at Hawaii Pacific in 1997 and 1998 and is a veteran of nine professional seasons. "Llewellyn brings extensive knowledge of the professional game and a tremendous passion for basketball. He will bring a new energy to the organization and our style of play," Shuckers general manager John Wolfe said.

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