College Corner: Ashley Inman wraps up solid softball career at Mansfield University

By Bill Arsenault - For Times Leader | April 26th, 2016 7:31 pm

Ashley Inman wrapped up a solid career with the Mansfield University softball team.

The senior right-hander, a Tunkhannock Area grad, posted an 8-11 record this season and finished her career with a 27-24 record and four saves. She pitched in 75 games with 39 starts and had 32 complete games. She had 236 career strikeouts.

This season, Inman had a 2.92 earned run average in 22 games and 20 starts with 18 complete games and two shutouts. She also hit .290 (18 for 62) with four doubles and three home runs.

Off the field, Inman is a three-time PSAC Scholar Athlete majoring in elementary education.

“Ashley was a great team captain who led by example,” coach Edith Gallagher said. “She played an important role as our starting pitcher and added depth to our offensive lineup. She was a great influence on our younger players and did a great job mentoring them. We will really miss her.”

The Mountaineers, with just four seniors on the squad, finished 15-22 overall and 7-13 in PSAC play.

Matthews eyes title

Temple senior Brandon Matthews will be competing in the American Athletic Conference Golf Championship Sunday through Tuesday at the Quarry Course at Black Diamond in LeCanto, Fla.

The Pittston Area grad is looking for some consistency in this year’s tourney.

Matthews finished tied for 22nd in last year’s tourney, opening with rounds of 74 and 77 before closing with a 68. He went on to finished 15th in the NCAA East Regional with a 209 (70-69-70). He set a Temple record with a 70.9 round average.

This season, Matthews is averaging 73.0 for 21 matches with three rounds of 68 during the season. He will need that type of score to compete at the league meet and the Regionals.

The Owls closed out the regular season at the 30th annual Princeton Invitational April 10 and hopefully, Matthews has his bad rounds behind him. He finished tied for 59th with rounds of 77 and 76 for a 153 total. It was the worst total of his four-year college career.

Good start for Sowinski

Holy Cross junior Rachel Sowinski captured the 1,500-meter run at last Saturday’s Holy Cross Invitational in Worcester, Mass. Her time was 4:46.97. The time was close to her personal best of 4:38.06.

A week earlier, the Holy Redeemer grad finished second in the 800-meter run at the Minuteman Invitational in Amherst, Mass. with a personal best time of 2:14.12. Her previous best at that distance was 2:17.59 recorded in her freshman season with the Crusaders.

Zapoticky top athlete

Shippensburg’s redshirt sophomore quarterback Ryan Zapoticky was named the college’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year at a dinner last Monday.

The 6-foot, 200-pound Dallas High grad, was selected for his play on the field and his work in the classroom.

Zapoticky started all 11 games for the 8-3 Raiders and set school records for single-game rushing by a quarterback (138) and single-season rushing yards by a quarterback (561). He scored five touchdowns and averaged 4.8 yards a carry with a long run of 57 yards. He completed 191 of 320 passes for 2,345 yards and 27 touchdowns with just five interceptions. He averaged 213.2 yards passing a game.

A biology major, concentrating in health professions/pre-med, he has a 3.56 cumulative GPA including a 3.975 semester GPA during the football season.

Hayward wins again

St. Joseph’s senior Dannah Hayward captured her fourth straight 400-meter hurdles race when she finished ahead of 32 runners at Princeton’s Larry Ellis Invitational last Saturday in Princeton, N.J. Her time was 1:00.94, just .83 seconds short of her school record.

The Coughlin grad has captured the 400 hurdles eight times in her career.

The Hawks got another solid effort from freshman Nathaniela Bourdeau, who finished eighth out of 42 runners in the 200-meter dash in 24.63, just .40 off the school record. The Coughlin grad was the top freshman finisher. She also finished 17th in the 100 with a season-best time of 12.30.

Senior Sara Radzwilka (Wyoming Area) finished ninth out of 56 in the 800 with a personal record time of 2:15.67 and freshman Lindsey Oremus (Dallas) posted a personal record in the 5,000-meter run with an 18:01.62 effort.

Chupka pitching in

Freshman Brett Chupka has pitched in 16 games with one start for the Philadelphia University baseball team, the Rams 17-24 overall and 8-8 in the Central Collegiate Athletic Conference.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound right-hander has a 2-3 record and he picked up his victories in relief in a 12-8 triumph over Kutztown and a 5-4 victory over Dominican, N.Y. In the latter game, the Crestwood grad worked two innings and didn’t give up a thing and had a strikeout.

On the season, he’s worked 30.2 innings and given up 53 hits and 32 runs, 29 earned with 12 walks and 10 strikeouts.

Trio helping giants

Sophomore Ryleigh Fitch and juniors Sarah Stacey and Antoinette Scialpi are starting for the Keystone softball team, the Giants 14-20 overall but battling for a Colonial States Athletic Conference playoff berth with a 9-9 record.

Fitch, a Tunkhannock Area grad, is hitting .351 (20 for 57) with six doubles and a triple. She has 15 RBI and has scored 14 runs. She was 5 for 9 with three runs scored and three RBI in a sweep of Summit on April 19.

Stacey, a Lake-Lehman grad, is hitting .303 (30 for 99) with nine doubles, a triple, a home run, 32 runs scored and 25 RBI. She was 5-for-10 with three runs scored and five RBIs in a doubleheader sweep of Notre Dame, Md. on April 16.

Scialpi, a Pittston Area grad, is hitting .284 (23 for 81) with seven doubles, 20 runs scored and 16 RBI. She was 5 for 8 with an RBI and six runs scored against Notre Dame.

Sadvary finishes third

Lafayette freshman David Sadvary, a Coughlin grad, finished third in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at last Saturday’s All-American Meet at East Stroudsburg. His time was 10:10.99 in a field of 15 runners.

Lafayette senior Amelia Ayers, a Tunkhannock grad, finished seventh out of 77 runners in the women’s 800 with a time of 2:23.11.

O’Donohue on a roll

Freshman Maddy O’Donohue has a 10-game hitting streak for the Delaware Valley softball team. She’s 12 for 34.

DelVal is 2-8 in the past 10 games.

On the season, the Greater Nanticoke grad, is hitting .333 (28 for 84) batting third and catching or serving as the designated hitter. She has eight doubles, three home runs, 15 runs scored and 15 RBI. Behind the plate, she has two errors on 85 chances (.976).

Delaware Valley is 13-16 overall and 4-8 in MAC Freedom play.

Szoke gives it her all

The Cedar Crest lacrosse team finished the season with a 0-14 overall record and a 0-9 mark in the Colonial States Athletic Conference but freshman Shelby Szoke started every game for the Falcons.

The Crestwood grad picked up an assist during the season in a 20-2 loss to Marywood. She finished with 17 ground balls, was tied for second on the team with 15 draw controls and had five caused turnovers.

Inman, a senior right-hander and Tunkhannock H.S. graduate posted an 8-11 record this season and finished her career with a 27-24 record and four saves. She pitched in 75 games with 39 starts and had 32 complete games. She had 236 career strikeouts., a senior right-hander and Tunkhannock H.S. graduate posted an 8-11 record this season and finished her career with a 27-24 record and four saves. She pitched in 75 games with 39 starts and had 32 complete games. She had 236 career strikeouts.

By Bill Arsenault

For Times Leader