By Tommy Keeler Jr.
Sabrie Neeb (Skyline '12) is picking up where she left off during her senior year at Skyline. The St. Francis (Pa.) freshman has been a real bright spot for the Red Flash softball team this season.
Neeb is hitting .274 and has started all 24 games for St. Francis this year. She's third on the team with 20 hits, and is second in doubles with seven. Neeb also has two homers and 12 RBIs, which is fourth-best on the team. She's also drawn 11 walks, which is second on the team.
On of her best games of the season came against the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore on Feb. 24. Neeb went 3 for 4 with a home run, two doubles and four RBIs in the 11-4 victory.
The Red Flash are 15-10, but have not played a home game yet. They have also not played any games in the Northeast Conference.
St. Francis has played in several tournaments this season, including one at North Carolina A&T, and in the Rebel Games in Kissimmee, Fla. The Red Flash played eight games in four days in that tournament.
Their first NEC game is scheduled for home on Saturday against Robert Morris.
FRESHMAN FORCE: John-Michael Pirtle (Stonewall Jackson '12) had a strong debut in Virginia's outdoor track season opener on March 23.
Virginia hosted the Virginia Cup, and the freshman was in the top 10 in four different events. Pirtle finished seventh in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.04. He placed fourth in the long jump with a leap of 21-08.25. Pirtle also placed seventh in the shot put with a throw of 37-03.25, and 10th in the discus with a throw of 104-05.
Pirtle also had a solid indoor track season. He finished 10th overall in the heptathlon with 3,951 points in the ACC Championships on Feb. 21-23 at Virginia Tech.
He finished 10th in the 1,000-meter event (1:09.10). He was fifth in the 60-meter run (7.23). Pirtle placed fourth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.68). He placed 10th in the pole vault (3.30m) and fourth in the long jump (6.60m). However, his best event was third in the shot put (11.92m).
The Cavaliers finished sixth as a team.
OH SO CLOSE: Eastern Mennonite's Alyssa Bane (Strasburg '11) has come very close to breaking a couple of school records.
On March 22 in the Doc Jopson Invitational, the sophomore set a new PR in the hammer throw, landing at 112-07 feet. The throw is third-best in school history, and she is just 0.05 meters from second place. The throw was good enough for sixth place in the meet. Bane was also seventh in the discus (96-07).
In indoor track, Bane just missed breaking the school record in weight throw.
Bane's toss was 39-0.5 feet, just shy of Clair Thomason's record of 39-4.5 feet. Bane's throw came on Feb. 13 in the Lynchburg Sprints, Jumps and Throws challenge. Bane finished fifth in the weight throw event.
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