College Sports Spotlight: Abington Heights grad Zach Manasek off to great start on Arcadia University baseball team

By Bill Arsenault - Contributing Columnist | March 29th, 2016 12:07 pm

Zach Manasek is off to a great start as a freshman pitcher on the Arcadia University baseball team.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound left-hander is 2-0 in seven games with two starts. In 14.2 innings, he’s given up nine hits and three runs, all unearned, with 10 walks and 10 strikeouts.

Manasek (Abington Heights) picked up his first collegiate victory going two innings in relief in a 14-6 triumph over Susquehanna. He gave up a hit, no runs with a walk and two strikeouts. His second victory also came in relief when he worked 2.1 innings, giving up three hits and no runs with no walks and three strikeouts in a 6-3 win over Hood.

“Zach has shown the ability to both start and come in out of the pen,” coach Ken Spangenberg said. “As he continues to improve his control and the consistency of his third pitch, he will push for more time on the weekend.”

The coach has seen a big improvement with Manasek since he recruited him out of Abington Heights.

“That is 100 percent a tribute to Zach’s work ethic, mental toughness and coachability,” Spangenberg said.

The Knights are 11-8-1 overall and 4-2 in MAC Commonwealth play heading into this week’s action.

Elwell keys Blue Jays

Junior Kevin Elwell has made five starts for the Elizabethtown baseball team and four of them have been quality starts. Elwell (Abington Heights) is 4-1 with a 3.48 earned run average. The 6-foot, 170-pound right-hander has worked 31 innings and given up 24 hits and 13 runs, 12 earned, with six walks and 15 strikeouts. He was touched for seven earned runs in his only loss.

The best of Elwell’s starts came in his start of the season when he tossed a seven inning two-hitter and struck out four in a 9-0 victory over Mass Maritime. In his latest start, a 14-4 victory over Catholic last Friday, Elwell worked eight innings and gave up five hits and three runs with three walks and four strikeouts.

The Blue Jays are 10-10 overall and 3-3 in Landmark Conference play.

Barrett comes up short

Penn State freshman Tessa Barrett finished 11th in the 5,000 meter run at the recent NCAA Division I Indoor Track Championships in Birmingham, Alabama.

Barrett (Abington Heights) covered the distance in 16:25.94 to earn All-American honorable mention (the top eight finishers are awarded All-American certificates). She qualified for the NCAAs by finishing ninth in the 5k at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Washington in February with a school record time of 15:46.08.

During last fall’s cross country campaign, Barrett did earn All-American honors by finishing 38th (20:26.7) at the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.

Redkar leads the way

Sophomore Jai Redkar posted a pair of victories to help the Allegheny men’s tennis team upset Carleton College 5-4 last Friday in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Carleton was ranked 11th in the Regionals.

Redkar (Abington Heights) took No. 2 singles 6-4, 6-2 and teamed with senior Thomas Manning to capture No. 1 doubles with an 8-3 score. It was the third straight doubles victory for the pair.

The victory was just the second of the season for the Gators.

Grabowski seeing action

Junior Eric Grabowski is in his first season with the Liberty baseball team but he’s played in 20 games with 19 starts for the Flames, who are 16-10 overall and 3-0 in the Big South Conference.

The second baseman/pitcher from Scott Township (Lakeland and Lackawanna CC) is hitting .219 (14-for-64) with three doubles, a home run, seven RBIs and 10 runs scored. The right-hander is 0-1 as a pitcher working five games in relief. In 6.2 innings, he’s given up 10 hits and six runs, all earned, with two walks and 10 strikeouts.

Grabowski was selected as the Region XIX Division II Player of the Year last season.

Russell in goal

Sophomore Elizabeth Russell (Abington Heights) is listed as an attack on the Rosemont women’s lacrosse roster but she’s been sharing duties in goal for the Ravens, who are 1-7 on the season.

Russell has a 1-2 record and had nine saves in the team’s only victory, a 13-10 triumph over St. Elizabeth’s. She had a season-high 15 saves in a 24-18 loss to Centenary, New Jersey.

Thus far, Russell has played in eight games and has given up 58 goals with 33 saves. She also has nine ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Slow start for McDermott

The Keuka baseball team is 4-4 after eight games and senior Billy McDermott is starting for the fourth season for the Wolfpack.

McDermott (Abington Heights) is off to a slow start. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound lefty hitting outfielder is batting just .238 (5-for-21) with a double, a run scored and five RBIs.

Including this year’s statistics, McDermott has played in 105 games and has a lifetime batting average of .310 which was aided by a .359 mark as a freshman and a .363 average as a sophomore.

Zach Manasek is off to a great start as a freshman pitcher on the Arcadia University baseball team. Manasek is off to a great start as a freshman pitcher on the Arcadia University baseball team.

By Bill Arsenault

Contributing Columnist

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