The Juniata College baseball team is just 5-17 this season, but the Eagles are getting great play from senior outfielder Chris Schreder.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder from Lancaster Catholic has started all 22 games and is hitting .337 with 29 hits in 86 at-bats.
He has three doubles, two triples and three home runs — the first homers of his career. He leads the team in runs scored (19) and RBIs (15). He’s also 5-for-5 in stolen bases and has made just two errors on 60 chances (.967) in the field.
Tom Gibboney, who spent the past 11 years as a Juniata football assistant, is back coaching the Eagles. He has been impressed with Schreder — and not just for his exploits on the field.
“Chris is the heart and soul of our team,” the coach said. “He has deep passion to excel at baseball as well as in the classroom. I watch him work to perfect his swing whenever he has an opportunity and then he walks up to the plate and executes the identical swing which has resulted in outstanding career numbers.”
Schreder, a four-year starter, has played in 130 games and has a career average of .321 (151 for 471) with 29 doubles, five triples and three home runs. He has scored 82 runs and knocked in 68. He’s also 35-for-41 in stolen bases.
“Very few baseball players at Juniata have reached these numbers, and we congratulate him on his success,” Gibboney said.
The Eagles are 2-7 in Landmark Conference play after splitting a league doubleheader with Drew last Sunday in Madison, New Jersey. Schreder was 4-for-7 with three runs scored and two RBIs on the day.
AROUND THE SCENE
Will Hendrick (Manheim Township): The 6-foot, 170-pound junior attack has 11 goals and six assists for 17 points for the Jacksonville University men’s lacrosse team. The Dolphins are 5-5 overall and 3-1 in the Southern Conference after a 13-12 league victory over Air Force on April 7 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Hendrick had two goals and an assist in the game, including a score late in the fourth quarter to put his team ahead for good. A transfer from Mount St. Mary’s, he had 21 goals and five assists for 26 points for the Dolphins last season.
Jessica Cochis (Warwick): The 5-foot-4 sophomore is sharing goalkeeping duties for the Illinois Tech women’s lacrosse team. The Scarlet Hawks are 4-6 overall and 3-3 in Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference play after a 14-8 victory over Monmouth last Wednesday in Chicago.
Cochis had four saves in the game. She’s 3-3 and has given up 60 goals with 47 saves. She also has 16 ground balls and three caused turnovers. Cochis had a career-high 15 saves in a 16-5 loss to Hope in a non-league game on March 6 in Holland, Michigan.
Lacey Bensing (homeschooled): The senior from Ephrata took medalist honors to lead the West Chester women’s golf team to victory at the Kutztown Spring Invitational last Sunday in Fleetwood.
Bensing posted a score of 82 under adverse conditions as the Golden Rams posted a four-player score of 340, the same total that the team recorded winning the title in 2017. For Bensing, it was her third career individual title, the last coming in last year’s Kutztown tourney when she shot a 79. She finished third at Kutztown as a sophomore.
Donnell McNair (Manheim Township): The Messiah College senior finished second in the 400-meter hurdles at the 36th Millersville Metrics on April 7 with a time of 56.74.
He also finished fourth in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, 1 inch. McNair captured the 400 hurdles at the York Twilight meet March 28 in York with a time of 56.83. He also finished fifth in the 100 hurdles in 16.40. Freshman teammate Caleb Christner (Warwick) captured the pole vault at the Millersville Metrics with a leap of 13 feet, 5¼ inches.
Haley Goodling (Manheim Central): The junior finished tied for 11th to lead the Monmouth women’s golf team to a fifth-place finish at the Navy Spring Invitational on April 6-7 in Annapolis, Maryland. In the final match of the season, she had rounds of 87 and 79 for a 166 total.
She led Monmouth in six of nine tournaments and wrapped up the fall season by earning her first collegiate medalist honor with a 73-73-146 at the Lehigh Invitational last October in Bethlehem.
Sarah Klag (Hempfield): The East Stroudsburg sophomore captured the 400-meter dash at the West Chester Quad Meet on March 31 in West Chester. Her time was 59.10. She also ran a leg on the 4x400 relay, which finished third in 4:03.27.
Senior teammate Kaylyn West (Elizabethtown) finished second in the 1,500 meter run with a personal best time of 4:44.99. Sophomore Erin Grucelski (Conestoga Valley) finished 14th in the 200-meter dash in 28.31.
Alex Ready (Manheim Township): The junior is sharing goalkeeper duties with the No. 2-ranked Denver men’s lacrosse team. The Pioneers are 8-2 overall and 2-0 in the Big East Conference after a 22-6 league victory over Villanova on April 6 in Villanova.
Ready played 25 minutes in that game, giving up one goal with six saves. He’s 4-2 on the season having given up 46 goals with 47 saves. He also has 10 ground balls. As a freshman, Ready was named Big East Goalkeeper of the Year after leading Denver to a 13-3 season.
Keith Attayde (Donegal): The freshman kicked off his outdoor campaign with the Albright men’s track team by finishing sixth in the 800 meter run at Alvernia’s Golden Wolves Open on April 7 in Reading.
He finished with a personal best time of 2:16.48. Attayde also raced in his first college 1,500-meter run and was ninth in 4:48.42. He competed in just one event at the Middle Atlantic Conference Indoor Championships Feb. 23-24 in Bethlehem, running a leg on the 4x800 relay, which finished 11th in 9:03.22.
Ethan Dionne (Hempfield): The Eastern freshman captured the pole vault at the Gwynedd-Mercy Mid-Week Twilight Invitational last Wednesday in Gwynedd Valley (12 feet, 8 inches). He ran a leg on the 4x100 which finished sixth (45.61) and was eighth in the 200-meter dash (24.08). At the Millersville Metrics on April 7, Dionne finished third in the pole vault with a personal best 12-foot, 11½-inch effort. He opened the outdoor season by finishing second (12 feet, 6 inches) at the Delaware Classic in Newark, Delaware, on March 24.