Bomhardt back on the diamond, tallies first career NCAA hit, run
Getting back out on the field has been a battle for Indian River High School graduate Eliza Bomhardt, after an injury forced her to sit out her senior season for the Indians in 2016. But “The Lizard” is finally back in action during her freshman season, for the University of Hartford softball team, officially tallying her first career NCAA hit in a game against Loyola Marymount on Friday, March 10.
While the Hawks would fall 3-1 in that contest, Bomhardt would single to left field in the top of the fourth and get herself in scoring position before eventually tallying the team’s only run on the day.
The Hawks were 2-14 on the season as they looked to get back on track with a game against Iona on Friday, March 17.
Smith, Pirates 14-11 after home stretch in Greenville
Indian River High School graduate Karlie Smith and the East Carolina University softball team are off to a 14-11 start to the season after wins against Youngstown State and Pittsburgh and losses against Pitt and James Madison on their home turf in Greenville, N.C., last week.
After falling to the Panthers 5-2 on Thursday, March 9, the Pirates bounced back with an 8-3 re-match win on Friday, March 10.
They took down Youngstown 5-4 in extra innings on Wednesday, March 8, and fell to JMU by scores of 12-1 and 10-2 on Friday, March 10, and Saturday, March 11.
To that point in her junior campaign at third-base for the Pirates, “Karlie Clutch” had hit .257 and racked up seven doubles, eight RBI and a home run on the season.
The Pirates were set to take on N.C. State at home on Wednesday, March 15, (after Coastal Point press time), before hitting the road to take on St. Francis University and Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday, March 18, and Sunday, March 19, respectively.
Delmarva Shorebirds announce 2017 coaching staff
The Delmarva Shorebirds —a Class A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles — have announced their coaching lineup for the 2017 season.
Returning for a fourth consecutive year and for his seventh overall year as manager will be former Shorebirds’ and Orioles’ shortstop Ryan Minor. Minor is currently the winningest manager in Shorebirds history, with 376 career wins.
He’ll be joined by pitching coach Justin Lord, who returns to the Shorebirds’ after three seasons with the Aberdeen Ironbirds. Previously, Lord had served as pitching coach for Delmarva in 2013.
New to the ’Birds this season will be hitting coach Buck Britton, brother of former Shorebird and current Baltimore Oriole Zach Britton. It will be Buck Britton’s first season as a coach after wrapping up his nine-year playing career, most recently with the Rochester Redwings.
“We are excited to welcome the new members of the coaching staff, along with some familiar faces as well. We look forward to this staff being able to lead the Shorebirds to a successful 2017 season on the diamond,” said Shorebirds General Manager Chris Bitters.
Delmarva was scheduled to play an exhibition game against Salisbury University on Tuesday, April 4, at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Md., at 6:05 p.m. Opening Night at Perdue Stadium is set for Thursday, April 13, against the Hagerstown Suns at 7:05 p.m.
Ticket plans are now available to be purchased online at www.theshorebirds.com. For group outing information, contact the Shorebirds at (410) 219-3112.