Lacy Smith

University of Virginia sophomore Lacy Smith, a Manheim Township grad, made three starts for the Cavaliers softball team this spring, hitting eight home runs and driving in 17.

Lacy Smith wrapped up her second season playing for the University of Virginia softball team.

The 5-foot-9 sophomore, a Manheim Township grad, hit .237 (22 for 93) in 40 games (33 starts), with three doubles, eight home runs, 14 runs scored and 17 RBIs. She saw action in the outfield and as the designated player.

The right-hander also pitched for the Cavaliers, who finished 22-32 overall and 9-15 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

She had a 3-5 record in 28 games and 19 starts with one complete game. In 49.2 innings, she gave up 76 hits and 59 runs, with 48 walks and 34 strikeouts.

"Lacy is a competitor," coach Joanna Hardin said. "She understands the value of UVa both academically and athletically and works to be the best both on and off the field. She's someone you want in a player — someone who wants to be on the field in any role and will invest time and effort to compete for the team."

Smith had a big day in a doubleheader sweep at Notre Dame on April 22. She hit a home run and then got credit for the victory with a solid relief effort in a 12-6 victory in the opener, pitching 4.1 innings and giving up five hits, two runs, with one walk and three strikeouts.

In the second game, she belted a three-run home run to highlight a five-run second inning as the Cavaliers topped the Fighting Irish, 6-3.

"Lacy has a lot of potential, so it is really exciting to see how she grows and helps build Virginia softball in her next two years," Hardin said.

AROUND THE SCENE

Willie Burger (Lancaster Catholic): The sophomore was the second leading hitter on the Penn State baseball team, the Nittany Lions finishing 18-37 overall and 4-20 in the Big Ten Conference.

The 6-foot, 200-pound catcher/first baseman batted .280 (46-for-164) with six doubles and a team-high five home runs. He scored 22 runs and led the team with 27 runs batted in.

Burger was outstanding the field, making just five errors on 286 chances (.983). He was involved in 17 double plays.

Meredith Michel (Warwick): The senior started all 20 games on defense for the New Haven women's lacrosse team which finished 15-5 overall and 11-2 in in the Northeast-10 Conference.

Michel had 23 ground balls, 12 draw controls and 15 caused turnovers. She started every game the Chargers played in her four years (79) and finished with 107 ground balls, 33 draw controls and 47 caused turnovers.

New Haven was beaten in the NE-10 playoffs by Adelphi (14-7) on May 6 and was beaten by Adelphi again (18-1) in the second round of the NCAA Division II tournament on May 13.

Drew Bene (Northern Lebanon): The Shippensburg University sophomore catcher was named to the Atlantic Region All-Tournament team after going 5 for 11 with a home run, triple, three runs scored and four RBIs.

Shippensburg saw its season end with a 9-8 loss to Winston-Salem State last Sunday in Jamestown, New York, the Raiders finishing 31-24-1.

Bene hit .303 (54 for 178) this spring with four doubles, a triple, six home runs, 33 runs and 33 RBIs..

On defense, he made just five errors on 326 chances (.985).

Ashley Schoenstadt (Pequea Valley): The junior outfielder hit .331 (41 for 141) for the Lycoming softball team.

She had seven doubles, four triples, a home run, 22 runs and 22 RBIs. She was 8 for 11 in stolen-base attempts and made two errors on 68 chances (.971) in the field.

The Warriors finished 24-14 overall and 7-9 in MAC Commonwealth play and won their final six games of the season. Schoenstadt was 6 for 19 in those games with five runs scored and five RBIs.

Chris Schreder (Lancaster Catholic): The Juniata baseball team struggled through a 6-33 season, but the junior had a standout season for the Eagles and was named to his league's second team at the end of the season.

Schreder hit .360 (50 for 139) with 14 doubles, a triple, 18 RBIs and 22 runs. He also stole 14 bases in 15 attempts. The center fielder made five errors on 116 chances (.957) with five assists.

Bryan Haberstroh (Lancaster Catholic): The senior infielder hit .241 (26 for 108) for the New Jersey Tech baseball team, the Highlanders finishing 9-40 overall.

He had three doubles, three home runs, nine RBIs and 14 runs scored.

In the field, he made six errors on 82 chances (.927).

Haberstroh also saw action on the mound, working in 12 games, with two starts. He was 1-3 with four saves and a 5.20 ERA in 27.2 innings.

Messiah men’s lacrosse: Senior midfielder Justin Bradley (Garden Spot) had 24 goals and seven assists for the Messiah men's lacrosse team. He also had 22 ground balls.

Meanwhile, freshman Dylan Gillisse (Hempfield) had 18 goals and nine assists with 24 ground balls and six caused turnovers.

And junior defender Teagan Pfautz (Ephrata) had 24 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers for the Falcons, who finished 9-6 overall and 7-1 in MAC Commonwealth play and saw the season end with a 14-10 loss to Albright in the first round of the league playoffs.

Luis Padilla (McCaskey): The freshman infielder hit .328 (20 for-61) with two doubles, two triples, nine RBIs and 16 runs scored for the Central Penn baseball team, which finished 14-16 after competing in and losing two games in the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association "Small World Series" May 15-16 in Glens Falls, New York.

Padilla was 6 for 6 in stolen bases and also pitched in nine games with six starts for the Knights, posting a 2-3 record.

Kyle Reese (Lampeter-Strasburg): The junior midfielder came off the bench in all 17 games for the Misericordia men's lacrosse team, which finished 13-4 and saw the season end with a 24-3 loss to No. 1-ranked Salisbury in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament on May 10.

Reese had 14 goals and six assists and had two game-winners —in a 7-6 victory over Eastern on April 5 and a 20-10 triumph over Wilkes on April 12.

Also, freshman Jake Booth (Cedar Crest) got into six games for the Cougars, who captured the MAC Freedom title.