Locals shine at collegiate level

Published 8:25 pm Saturday, April 10, 2010

Chowan’s softball team clinched the season title for the CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) West Division Wednesday with a doubleheader sweep over Johnson C. Smith.

The Lady Hawks won the games 8-0 and 9-1. Junior outfielder Mindy Byrd (King’s Fork) totaled four runs and three RBI in the doubleheader. For the season, Byrd’s hitting .400 (46-for-115) with 39 runs, 38 RBI, 10 doubles, three home runs and 12 stolen bases.

Freshman Shelby Pendleton (Lakeland) is hitting .391 (9-for-23) with 12 runs, seven RBI and four stolen bases.

Chowan (22-21, 16-0) has four regular-season games left before the CIAA Tournament starting April 15 in Ettrick.

Virginia Military freshman Ombri Rivers (Nansemond River) hit his first collegiate home run Wednesday in the Keydets’ 3-2 win over visiting James Madison. The homer by Rivers gave VMI a 1-0 lead in the second inning.

The win over the Dukes made five straight wins for VMI (25-5, 7-2). The Keydets are ranked No. 29 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball.

Rivers, mostly playing center field for the Keydets, is hitting .379 with four doubles and four stolen bases in 16 games.

VMI is playing a three-game Big South series at Gardner-Webb this weekend.

Lindsey Holloman (King’s Fork) scored the game-winning run on a fielder’s choice ground ball to give her Charlotte softball squad a 2-1, eight-inning victory over visiting Furman on Monday.

Charlotte split the doubleheader with the Lady Paladins. Holloman, a freshman, started at third base in both games. Charlotte is 24-7 overall and 4-0 in the Atlantic 10.

Former Nansemond River catcher Stacey Dorn is playing some catcher and some third base for Lafayette College in her sophomore season.

Dorn’s played in 22 games this season, making 13 starts. She’s hitting .262 with 13 RBI and has a .973 fielding percentage (two errors). Lafayette is 9-18 overall and 0-4 in the Patriot League.