Harford Christian senior reaches strikeout milestone

The Baltimore Sun

Alana Shinsky of Harford Christian became the first pitcher in school history to reach 200 strikeouts in a career during a game last week. Shinsky reached the milestone in last Wednesday's 13-2 rout of Elkton Christian.

She struck out 13 and gave up one hit in the victory, as Harford Christian improved to 2-7 overall.

Shinsky, a senior, has been on the varsity as a pitcher for three years. She had 165 strikeouts entering this season. Harford Christian plays 10-12 games per season, coach Jerry Slonaker said.

Shinsky is 1-5 on the season for Harford Christian, which has struggled to score runs. She'll be headed to Towson University next year and hopes to have a chance at playing there.

Slonaker has been the team's coach for 10 years and said he never had anyone pitch for longer than two years or post numbers anywhere close to Shinsky's.

"Nothing like this has ever been on the books here," Slonaker said. "It's just phenomenal what she's done. She's progressed really well."

The coach also gives senior catcher Alex Layting credit for the pitcher's success. Layting had been a good second baseman-shortstop, but Slonaker moved her to catcher last season, and the battery mates have worked well together.

"The two of them are a good combination," Slonaker said.

More records -- Laura Ordos of Aberdeen set a school record by scoring her 100th career goal in last week's 17-8 victory over Edgewood. She had four goals and three assists in the game. The record-breaking goal came with 9:54 left against the Rams. Samantha Jewell, who graduated last year, previously held the school record with 99 goals. Ordos has 32 goals and 14 assists this year. Last season, she finished with 32 goals and 15 assists The Eagles had one game left in their season after the Edgewood game.

Harford Tech baseball -- The Hawks have been quietly finding success in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference. They were 7-5 with a 5-4 record in the Chesapeake Division. The Hawks beat North Harford, Fallston and C. Milton Wright, among others. Junior third baseman Chase Gardner bounced back from an accident last summer in which he fell off a ladder and wound up at Shock Trauma to be hitting .540, tops in the county. "We weren't sure if he'd ever play again," said coach Bill Jones, who stepped in after John Watson was sidelined by surgery. Seniors Jason Young and Chris Peacher also have given the offense plenty of punch, hitting .385 and .305, respectively. Pitcher Ryan Neukum has anchored the staff, going 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA through 29 innings. He's beaten C.M. Wright, North Harford and Havre de Grace.

College commitments -- Some local athletes have finalized their college plans. North Harford football teammates and linemen Corey Jubb and Brandon Schmidt are headed to Shepherd University. They formed a strong combination for the Hawks the last few seasons and helped them become a playoff team. Also from North Harford, quarterback Dan Griffin and wide receiver Ben Weimer will stay together at Salisbury. Griffin was The Sun's Harford County Offensive Player of the Year. Billy Tyrell of North Harford is headed to Air Force Prep School to play football, while teammates George Keen and Nate Street have made oral commitments to Frostburg. Also getting set for college is Bel Air's Maddie Salamone. She made an oral commitment to play lacrosse at Duke after a good career playing three sports at Bel Air.

John Carroll boys basketball -- Assistant coach Anthony Macri is leaving to become the basketball sales manager and player development specialist at The Basketball Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Macri will finish the school year at John Carroll before moving on.

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