On Campus: King earns softball honors at New Haven

Nicole King (Warren County ’12) finished off her junior softball season in style at New Haven University.

King, a pitcher, was a Northeast-10 Conference second team selection, when the team was announced last week. It was the third time King has received all-conference honors. She was a third-team selection last year, and made the All-Rookie team her freshman season.

It wasn’t the only award King won late in the season. She was also named the Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Week on April 21. It was the second time this season she earned the honor.

King went 3-1 that week, throwing three complete games and a shutout and helping New Haven to a 5-3 record. In 30 innings she struck out 39 batters and gave up just 16 hits. On April 15 in a 3-2 eight-inning win against Merrimack, she went eight innings, yielding only five hits and striking out 12.

She went 8-7 this season with a team-best 2.85 ERA. She started 19 games and appeared in 22 and pitched eight complete games. She finished with 131 strikeouts in 103 innings.

King will enter her senior season with 418 career strikeouts, just one short of fourth-place all-time for New Haven. King is one of only five players at the school to reach the 400-strikeout mark. This season King struck out 10 or more batters five times, and had 12 strikeouts twice.

New Haven’s season came to an end on April 25 with a 16-16-2 record, including 12-11 in the Northeast-10.

SHEPHERD SUCCESS: Shepherd’s postseason began Thursday in the Mountain East Conference Tournament, and several former Sherando standouts have had a lot to do with the Rams’ strong season. Jacob Carney (Sherando ’13), Tre Porter (Sherando ’12) and John Bentley (Sherando ’13) are enjoying very productive seasons.

Carney is batting .426 (72 for 169). He leads the team in hits and also has eight doubles, two triples and one home run. The sophomore has scored 54 runs, has 29 RBIs and five stolen bases and has started all 46 games.

Porter is hitting .307 (39 for 127). He has five home runs, nine doubles, two triples, 36 runs scored and 34 RBIs. The junior also has 15 stolen bases and has drawn a team-best 33 walks.

Bentley is 5-2 on the mound this season for the Rams. The sophomore has appeared in nine games, including six starts. Bentley has a 2.21 ERA and one complete game. He has 38 strikeouts in 40.2 innings.

Carney and Porter were also both selected to the All-Mountain East Conference second team.

Chase Smallwood (Sherando ’14) has also played in 11 games this season, and has scored two runs and has an RBI.

The Rams are 36-10 on the season, including 35-9 in the conference. Shepherd is 21-1 at home. They ended the regular season with an eight-game winning streak.

FRONT ROYAL DUO: Tyler Moody (Warren County ’12) and Hunter Stewart (Skyline ’13) had solid seasons for Messiah College’s baseball squad his year.

Moody finished 3-1 with a 5.82 ERA. He made 16 appearances on the mound and pitched 21.2 innings. He struck out 12 and picked off a team-best three runners.

On April 18, Moody picked up his final win of the season in a 10-9 victory over Stevenson College. Moody pitched an inning, allowing only one hit. He also pitched 1.2 innings the day before against Stevenson, allowing just one hit and striking out two.

Stewart finished with a .278 batting average (5 for 18). He started five games, and played in eight contests. He also had four RBIs.

In Stewart’s final game on April 21, he went 1 for 3 with an RBI against Penn State-Abington. He also had a stolen base in the 9-8 loss.

The Falcons’ season came to an end over the weekend in the Commonwealth Tournament. The Falcons finished with a 17-20 record overall.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com