After seeing just limited action as a freshman, sophomore Sam Arnold is starting at third base for the Muhlenberg College baseball team. The Mules are 7-8 after a 10-4 victory over Wilkes March 19 in Allentown. Arnold, an Abington Heights grad, had two hits in the game – the fifth time he’s recorded two hits in a contest.
Arnold, who played in nine games but started the final four at third base last year as a freshman, hit his first collegiate home run in a 10-inning, 5-4 victory over Marymount (Va.) Feb. 25 in Washington, D.C.
“Sam has done a great job this year, both defensively at third base and at the plate,” coach Tod Gross said. “He worked really hard on his swing during the fall season and also during our indoor practices in February.”
At third base, Arnold has made three errors on 37 chances (.919).
“Early on this season, Sam has made some good plays at third base,” Gross said.
The Mules are scheduled to kick off their Centennial Conference season with a doubleheader March 31 against Gettysburg College in Gettysburg.
Paige Harris (Abington Heights)
The 5-foot-6 sophomore right-hander has pitched in four games in relief for the 9-8 Millersville University softball team. She picked up her first victory of the season in a five-inning, 18-8 triumph over Virginia State March 9 in Cary, N.C. She worked 3.2 innings and gave up three hits and three runs, two earned, with two walks and four strikeouts. In a 13-3 victory over Minnesota-Crookston March 15 in Clermont, Fla., Harris pitched two innings and gave up one hit and no runs with two walks and four strikeouts. She was 3-2 in 14 games and three starts as a freshman.
Sahas Chandragiri (Abington Heights)
The 6-foot-2 sophomore is starting at No. 3 singles for the University of the Sciences men’s tennis team. He’s 3-3 and won his match 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-5) in a 5-4 victory over Cedarville March 9 in Kissimmee, Fla. Chandragiri is 0-4 at No. 2 doubles but he and his partner, Chandat Phan of Perkasie, moved to No. 3 doubles in the Cedarville match and won 8-4. During the fall season, the Devils competed in the ITA East Regionals Sept. 22-23 in Flushing, N.Y. and Chandragiri and his partner, Rakesh Chamala of Somerset, N.J., advanced to the Round of 32 in doubles.
J.C. Show (Abington Heights)
The junior wrapped up his season with the Binghamton University men’s basketball team, the Bearcats finishing 11-20 overall and 2-14 in the America East Conference. The 6-foot-3 guard led the team in scoring with a 13.8 average and also led in steals with 39. He was third in assists with 60 and averaged 3.7 rebounds a game. He hit 76 of 266 shots from 3-point range (33.6 percent). Show, a Bucknell transfer, led the Bearcats in scoring in 15 games during the season. He also did the job in the classroom, being selected to the league’s All-Academic Team after sporting a 3.88 grade point average in human development.
Mackenzie Duffy (Lackawanna Trail)
The freshman is starting at catcher for The University of Scranton softball team, the Royals 8-2 after a 4-1 victory over UMass-Boston on March 15 in Clermont, Fla. Duffy had a double, single, RBI and a run scored in the game. In a 7-1 triumph over New England College March 10, also in Clermont, she had two doubles and a single with two runs scored. She’s hitting .345 (10-for-29) with four doubles and an RBI and leads the team in runs scored with 10. Duffy has been solid behind the plate, not making an error on 63 chances with a double play.
Jai Redkar (Abington Heights)
The senior is playing No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles for the Allegheny College men’s tennis team, 2-2 after a 5-4 victory over Union (N.Y.) last Friday in Hilton Head, S.C. Redkar took his singles match 6-4, 6-4 and teamed with freshman Cooper Miller of Lancaster to capture the doubles match 8-6. He’s 3-2 in singles and 2-2 in doubles during the spring season for the Gators. He’s a two-time North Coast Athletic Conference honorable mention in singles.
Tim Toro (Abington Heights)
The 6-foot-9, 210-pound sophomore center and his West Chester men’s basketball team saw its season end with a 90-76 loss to PSAC rival East Stroudsburg in the NCAA Atlantic Regional semifinals March 11 in Ettrick, Va. Toro had nine points, five rebounds and two assists in the game. He had 10 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots as the Golden Rams turned back Wheeling Jesuit 82-77 in the quarterfinals March 10 also in Ettrick. On the season, Toro averaged 5.6 points and 4.1 rebounds a game with 14 assists, 23 steals and 11 blocked shots.