Century’s baseball team won the Class 2A state championship last season behind a core group of talented seniors.
Many of those players headed off to college, and some of them enjoyed success as freshmen competing at various levels. Ethan Kiple led the way with his rookie season at Harford Community College.
The infielder/pitcher batted .310 with three doubles, four home runs, and 16 RBIs for the Owls this spring. Harford posted a 46-9 record, 22-1 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference. Kiple, a three-time Times first-team all-county selection, earned two saves over 20 1/3 innings from the mound this year.
Harford won the Region 20 title for the fourth time in as many seasons, and advanced to the NJCAA Eastern District tournament.
Michael Marrale finished his first year at Old Dominion with a ,209 batting average, three doubles, six RBIs, and 10 runs scored. Marrale, a three-time Times first-teamer and the Player of the Year in 2017, saw action in 27 games (19 starts) at catcher for the Monarchs (35-21).
Nathanael Hibbs belted his first collegiate home run Feb. 3 in Eckerd College’s game against Shorter. Hibbs, the Times’ Player of the Year in 2018, hit .167 with one double one home run, an RBI, and a stolen base. He played in 27 games (seven starts).
Rob Martin tossed one inning and recorded a strikeout for Air Force this season. Martin made two appearances for the Falcons. Jeremy Lapp-Barger didn’t collect any statistics at West Virginia. He’s listed as a right-handed pitcher on the Mountaineers’ roster.
Martin and Lapp each received two first-team all-county honors at Century.
R-MC’s Markovic merits ‘King Bee’ status
Randolph-Macon junior midfielder Brendan Markovic (Winters Mill) is this year’s Old Dominion Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and he led the Yellow Jackets’ men’s lacrosse team in scoring this year.
Markovic finished the year with 55 points on 30 goals and 25 assists. He added 23 ground balls and five caused turnovers. Markovic held the top grade-point average among all of R-MC’s athletes, and earned All-ODAC Academic squad recognition in 2017 and 2018. He also earned recognition from prestigious Phi Beta Kappa in both his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Randolph-Macon went 13-5 during the regular season, 7-3 in the ODAC.
Stull hits career century mark
Goucher junior attacker Shannon Stull (Francis Scott Key) hit a milestone early in the Gophers’ women’s lacrosse season when she reached 100 career goals. Goucher fell to Moravian on March 23, but Stull netted four goals to get to the century mark.
Stull has 116 career goals in 46 games (all starts) for the Gophers. She led this year’s team in scoring (52 goals, 13 assists), and added 65 draw controls, 18 ground balls, and nine caused turnovers.
Bennett posts standout rookie campaign
Shepherd freshman Hailey Bennett (Winters Mill) landed on the All-Mountain East Conference First Team for women’s lacrosse after a fine first season. Bennett made 18 starts and posted 174 saves (11.9 goals against average) for the Rams, who went 11-7 (8-2 MEC).
Bennett crafted a .494 save percentage in 2019, and set a Shepherd record with 20 saves Feb. 27 against Shippensburg. She earned two MEC Defensive Player of the Week honors this season, and earned MEC All-Freshman Team honors.
More local Rams shining
Shepherd junior Lyric Feingold-Conaway (Winters Mill) received Mountain East Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors after anchoring the Rams’ back line. Drawing the opposing team's top offensive player as her defensive assignment in each game, Feingold-Conaway averaged 1.21 caused turnovers per game and 2.18 ground balls per game.
She helped Shepherd hold opponents to under 10 goals in seven games this year and just over 11 goals per game.
Feingold-Conaway joined Bennett on the All-MEC First Team, and midfielder Kira Barth (Century) joined Bennett on the Freshman Team. Barth earned second-team honors after posting 16 goals, 19 points, and 16 ground balls.
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Sophomore attacker Regan Brown (Manchester Valley) earned second-team MEC status. Brown had 15 goals and 24 assists, and added 16 ground balls.