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Wildcat Baseball Team to Resume Play; Women’s Tennis Wins

The Pennsylvania College of Technology women’s tennis team got off to a great start in its spring season opener Saturday, the archery squad had another good showing last weekend and the college’s baseball team is set to resume its season.

Women’s Tennis
Hosting St. Elizabeth in North Eastern Athletic Conference action, the Lady Wildcats posted an 8-1 win. Double winners for Penn College were Melissa Stabley, of Cogan Station, at No. 1 singles (she also teamed with Morgan Blackwell, of Beech Creek, for a win at No. 1 doubles); Megan Bartlett, of Montgomery, at No. 3 singles; Erin Jacob, of Royersford, at No. 4 singles (Bartlett and Jacob also won at No. 2 doubles); Valarie Kubalak, of Spring Mills, at No. 5 singles; and Madison Powell, of Jersey Shore, by forfeit at No. 6 singles (Kubalak and Powell also won by forfeit at No. 3 doubles). The Wildcats now are 1-4 after going winless during the fall season.

Competing at the Indoor Eastern Regionals at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Penn College archers put a smile on the face of coach Chad Karstetter.

“All of our teams finished well and I am very pleased with that. Things are starting to come together. Overall, I am proud of how everyone performed. We have a young team and, every event we shoot, they continue to improve. With the indoor (season) finishing up, it is starting to look like we should have a good outdoor season,” said the coach, in his 14th season.

The Wildcats had two individual and three team champions, one individual and four team seconds, and an individual and one team third-place finish.

Taking firsts were Andrew Rupp, of Dayton, in male bowhunter, and Erica Gause, of Bloomsburg, in female bowhunter, along with the male compound team of Tim Lamont, of Eldred; Markus Weber, of La Plata, Maryland; and Tyler Schoonover, of Bradford; the male bowhunter team of Rupp; Adam Thomas, of Shade Gap; and Justin Rinehimer, of Mountain Top; and the mixed bowhunter team of Rupp and Gause.

Lamont was second in individual male compound, and second-place team finishes were recorded in male recurve by Tanner Huff, of Altoona, and Nick Daniels, of Levittown; female bowhunter by Gause, Sabrina Toplovich, of Spring Creek, and Stephanie Plummer, of Port Matilda; mixed compound by Lamont and Chelsea Douglass, of East Greenville; and mixed recurve by Huff and Kaylee Burk, of Hermitage.

Weber was third individually in male compound; the female compound team of Douglass and Hricko also finished third.

Schoonover added an individual fifth in male compound.

“We have always had good talent in the men’s compound division and this year is no different. They should be tough all year if they all keep scoring within a few points of each other,” Karstetter said.

“We had some really strong finishes in the bowhunter divisions. Andrew and Erica shot strong all weekend and should place high when the overall national scores are compiled,” the coach said.

After what will be an 11-day layoff since it last played in South Carolina, the Wildcats are scheduled to return to action Tuesday at Wilkes University and coach Chris Howard said he is excited to get going.

During his team’s trip south of the border, Howard was pleased that his freshman pitchers seemed to adapt well to the collegiate level of play, but was less than happy with a defense that committed 27 errors in nine games – that helped result in an almost equal number of unearned runs – and an offense that struck out far too many times during a 3-6 season start.

“It was a lot of mental errors, but it’s stuff that we have been working hard on since we got back and it’s something that I’m confident that we will turn around in the next week or so,” said Howard, in his 10th season.

“We have to get guys on base. We have to manufacture runs. We have to move guys over. We have to get the bat on the ball,” the coach said of his team’s offense. “We cannot play our style of ball and strike out as many times as we did (in Myrtle Beach).”

Among the possible infield starters for Tuesday are sophomore Noah Esposito, of Williamsport, at shortstop; sophomore Deric Ellerman, of Landisburg, at second base, with freshman Cole Hoffman, of Newtown, also seeing time at second; either junior Evan Vigna, of McAdoo; freshman Braden Smith, of Elliottsburg; or senior Jeremy Rall, of Williamsport, at first base; and either sophomores Carlos Rodriguez, of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico; or Nick Perna, of Frenchtown, New Jersey; or freshmen Rylan Whitmyer, of Williamsport; Trevor Route, of Canton; or Bryce Merrill, of South Williamsport at third base.

In the outfield will be junior Dylan Scaringi, of Coatesville, in center; junior Cole Weachock, of Pottsville, in right; and either Rall, sophomores Taylor Vandegrift, of Quakertown; and Ed Suri, of East Hanover, New Jersey; or freshman Rich Lennon, of Morgantown, in left field.

Behind the plate will be either sophomore Devin Masser, of Valley View, or freshman Connor Doherty, of Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

The Wildcats boast good depth in the pitching department, according to the coach, with freshmen Cody Nelson, of South Williamsport; Trevor Dolin, of Elliottsburg; Andrew Gilbert, of Yardley; Devon Sanders, of Bloomsburg; and Brad Walter, of Williamsport; junior Kyle Fox, of Fleetwood; and sophomores Max Bair, of Centre Hall; Aaron Palmer, of Hanover; Zach Junk, of Cabot; and Jed Blankenhorn, of Pine Grove, in the mix.

“Our pitching staff is as deep as we we’ve ever had; and not just body-wise, but just good quality arms. I really don’t have a problem throwing anybody out there,” Howard said.

“The key for us is that we continue pitching the way that we did (in Myrtle Beach) and we have to back our pitchers up, we have to start playing better defense. When our pitchers can hold teams to two, three runs a game, I like our chances,” Howard said.

“I’m looking forward to it. … Going down there (South Carolina), I realized that we are a good team. We just had a lot of mistakes that we have to correct first before we can actually bring that good team out. … We’ve got a good team, they’re all really good ballplayers and I’m looking forward to seeing us improve every game,” the coach added.

Overall record: 3-6
Tuesday, March 22 – at Wilkes University, 3 p.m.
Thursday, March 24 – host Alfred State at Bowman Field (2), 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 26 – host Pitt-Bradford at Bowman Field (2), 1 p.m.
Tuesday, March 29 – host Marywood University at Bowman Field, 3 p.m.

Overall record: 4-4
Thursday, March 31 – at Alfred State College (2), 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 2 – at SUNY Poly (NEAC) (2), 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 3 – at SUNY Cobleskill (NEAC) (2), noon

Women’s Tennis
Overall record: 1-4
Saturday, March 19 – host St. Elizabeth (NEAC), W, 8-1
Thursday, March 24 – at Lycoming College, 4 p.m.

Men’s Tennis
Wednesday, March 30 – at Summit University, 4 p.m.

Monday, March 28 – at Lebanon Valley College, noon

April 2-3 – Adam Wheatcroft Memorial at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

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