Reid Entsminger (Sherando ’14) had a strong week for Shepherd University’s baseball team last week and he was honored for it.
On Monday, the junior was named the Mountain East Conference Player of the Week. Entsminger hit .714 (5-for-7) in two games last week.
The outfielder went 4-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored in an 8-0 victory over West Virginia Wesleyan on March 18.
For the season, he is batting .256 (10-for-39) with five doubles, four RBIs six runs scored and four stolen bases.
Entsminger has played in 13 games, and started 12 of them.
Adam Miller (Sherando ’17) is also on Shepherd’s team this season and has pitched in six games, including two as a starter. He has an 0-2 record and struck out six in 12 innings of work. Miller pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout on March 19 in a 10-2 victory over Glenville State College.
The Rams are 8-8 on the season, including 3-1 in the Mountain East Conference. Shepherd is scheduled to host the University of Charleston on Saturday at 1 p.m.
DUKES ON THE RISE: A trio of area athletes are making an impact for James Madison University’s baseball team this season.
Senior pitcher Colton Harlow (Stonewall Jackson ’14), junior pitcher Garrett Richards (Strasburg ’15) and freshman outfielder Conor Hartigan (Millbrook ’17) have played vital roles for the Dukes this season.
Harlow is the Dukes’ ace and has started five games this season. The lefty has a 2.70 ERA with a 2-1 record. He has struck out 20 in 26.2 innings.
Richards has been used as a reliever and has made six appearances. He has a 1.42 ERA and has struck out 11 in 12 innings.
Harlow went a season-best 6.1 innings each against University at Albany and Fordham University on Feb. 23 and March 3, respectively. He allowed just four hits and three runs against Albany.
Richards, a lefty, had a season-best five strikeouts in three innings of work in a 4-3 win over Albany on Feb. 24. Richards picked up his first save of the season in the win.
Hartigan is third on the team, batting .300 (18-for-60) for the season. He has started all 16 games and has two home runs and nine RBIs. He has 13 runs scored and has drawn four walks.
In a 21-2 victory over the University of Tennessee on March 7, Hartigan went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored. He also went 2-for-3, including a home run, with four RBIs in a 9-5 victory over St. Bonaventure University on March 10.
The Dukes are 12-8 on the season. They begin Colonial Athletic Association play Friday with a home game against Elon University at 4 p.m.
PATRIOT WAY: Davina Lane (Sherando ’17) is putting together a strong season for George Mason University’s track and field team.
Lane had a solid day in the George Mason Last Chance Meet on Feb. 25. The freshman finished third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.15 seconds. The meet record was 7.81 held by former U.S. Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
The Patriots placed second in the six-team women’s meet with 73 points. JMU won with 107 points.
George Mason will next compete in the William & Mary Tribe Open on Friday and Saturday in Williamsburg.
Next year Lane will be joined by a former local athlete. Former Skyline High School standout Olivia McGill recently committed to run track and field at George Mason next season. McGill attended Skyline her freshman and sophomore years, but has spent the last two years at Battlefield High School in Haymarket.
SPRING SUCCESS: Jacob Smith (Strasburg ’15) began the spring portion of U.Va-Wise’s golf season on a good note.
He was second for the Cavaliers with a tie for 23rd in the Tusculum Invitational held at Link Hills Golf and Country Club on March 18. Smith shot a 234 in the three-day event.
U.Va.-Wise finished eighth in the tournament with a team score of 954. Walters State Community College won the team title with a score of 886.
The Cavaliers will compete in the Mountain East Conference Spring Classic on April 8-10 in Charleston, West Virginia.