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Pioneer Weekly Update: Edition 36

Alfred State Weekly Update
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Baseball: 20-21, 11-7 AMCC

The Pioneers had a busy week as they were 3-3. They closed out the AMCC regular season with a sweep of Pitt Greensburg (5-3 & 5-3) and then fell 6-0 in their non-conference finale at Fredonia. The team entered the AMCC postseason as the #5 seed and played an epic three-game series at Mt. Aloysius. The Pioneers took the opener 5-1 but lost two heartbreaking 14-13 games to see the season come to a close.

Tim Holler (Brewster) led the team with a .556 batting average (10 for 18) while Colin Johnson (Alfred Almond) was 9 for 19 with six RBI. Connor Pingitore (Amsterdam/Broadalbin Perth) led the team with 7 RBI and hit .348.

On the mound, Andrew Santobuono (Franklin/Unatego) was 2-0 with a pair of complete game efforts. He struck out 18 and allowed four earned runs in 14 innings of work. AJ Gartland (Irondequoit) was 1-1 in 10 innings of work out of the Pioneer pen.

The Pioneers set new NCAA Era records with 20 victories and the trip to the AMCC postseason was a first for the program. 

Softball: 9-18 - 2nd in the ACAA Tournament

The softball team was 2-2 at the ACAA Tournament this weekend. They fell 7-4 to Finlandia in the opening round and bounced back for a 6-0 win over SUNY Delhi and a 3-2 walk-off win vs. Finlandia to advance to the championship series. In the championship game Thomas More claimed the crown with a 10-2 victory.

Madison Papaj (Holley) was 4 for 11 to lead the Pioneer offense while Marissa Varela (Egg Harbor Twp, NJ) was 4 for 12 with a team high 5 RBI. Morgan Fanklin (Wellsville) hit .308 and Brittany Fisher (Indianapolis, IN) hit .300. Fisher pitched all 24.2 innings of the tournament on the mound. She was 2-2 with a 4.26 ERA. She walked three and struck out ten.

In the dramatic walk-off win vs. Finlandia, Jamie Parente (Mt. Sinai) delivered the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 7th to score Angela Martone (Candor).

Papaj, Varela, and Fisher were named to the all-tournament team. 

Men's Track & Field: 2nd at the CSAC Championships

The Alfred State men's track & field team had a successful debut at the Colonial States Athletic Conference Championships over the weekend. The Pioneers finished the two-day event in 2nd place with 148 points.

Jacob Wadsworth (Dansville) and Paul Kemsley (Lancaster) led the way for the team en route to earning top honors for the meet. Wadworth was named Track Athlete of the Year after finishing in the top three of six individual events. He won the 400 hurdles in 58.70 and the long jump with a leap of 6.66 m. He was 2nd in the 110 hurdles (16.38) and the high jump (1.86 m) and 3rd in the 100 (11.18) and the 200 (22.64). Kemsley was named Field Athlete of the Year after winning the discus with a throw of 43.18 m and finishing 2nd in the shot put (14.28 m). This came a day after finishing 2nd in the hammer throw (42.55 m).

Other top performances included: 

  • Zion Ponder was 2nd in the triple jump (13.75 m) while Collin Stauffer (LeRoy) was 3rd (12.44 m). Stauffer was also 4th in the long jump (6.18 m) and 5th in the 100 (11.39).
  • In the high jump Jesse Johnson and Ponder tied for 3rd with a leap of 1.81 m while Derek Stein was 5th (1.76 m). 
  • Austin Demberg (Minisink Valley) was 3rd in the steeplechase (10:54.24).
  • Joe Kretschmar (Phoenix, AZ) was 3rd in the 10,000 (38:17.05) while Matthew Connolly (Elmira Notre Dame) was 4th (38:19.54).
  • Nikolas Brown (Wellsville) was 3rd in the javelin (40.69 m).
  • Jonathan Banks (Buffalo/Cheektowaga) was 5th  in the hammer throw (35.70 m).
  • Jacob Drew (Corning Painted Post) had a busy day as he was 5th in the 800 (2:02.25), 5th in the steeplechase (11:43.46), and 6th in the 400 hurdles (1:04.73).
  • Cameron Howard (Brockport) was 6th in the 100 (11.58).
  • The 4x100 relay team of Wadsworth, Howard, Stauffer, and Stein was 3rd in 44.45 while the 4x400 relay team of Mandel Green (Eastridge), Wadsworth, Drew, and Demberg was 4th (3:37.02).

Women's Track & Field: 4th at the CSAC Championships

Marissa Sly (N. Tonawanda) and Emily Brigman (Lancaster) claimed individual titles as the Alfred State women's track & field team finished 4th at the CSAC Championships. The Pioneers scored 75 points in the two-day event held at Keystone.

Sly won the heptathlon with 2,708 points. She scored more than 400 points in three events. She scored 499 points in the 100 hurdles (17.90), 477 in the javelin (30.04 m), and 439 in the high jump (1.33 m). Brigman won the 100 hurdles in 17.57 and was 2nd in the high jump (1.40 m). She was also part of the 2nd place 4x100 (54.78) and 4x400 (4:36.03) relay teams. In the 4x100 she teamed with Jordyn Pettit (Wellsville), Katherine O'Buckley (Queens/Francis Lewis), and Mikaylah Ruhl (Whitesville) and in the 4x400 she ran with O'Buckley, Sly and Julia Russell (Candor)

Pettit recorded the highest finish on the first day competition with a 2nd place finish in the pole vault (2.60 m). Julia Yanarella (Wappingers Falls/Roy Ketcham) was 3rd in the high jump (1.30 m), 3rd in the javelin (22.00 m), 4th in the hammer throw (19.25 m), and 5th in the discus (15.75 m). Ruhl was 5th in the 100 hurdles (20.63), O'Buckley was 5th in the 400 hurdles (1:22.92), and Katherine Frascella (Franklinville) was 6th in the steeplechase (13:16.46).