Sports Briefly… 3/12/13

Over 30 meeting

Representatives for teams in the 2013 Over 30 Modified Softball League are asked to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in the upstairs of Cornerstone Lounge. Sponsor fees are due at this meeting. If anyone wants to add a new team to the league this season, a representative needs to attend this meeting.

PJW wrestling update

Willie Hoffman, from the Eisenhower attendance area, finished third in the 13-14-year-old age division at 112 pounds at this weekend’s Area 8 Sub-Area 3 Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling Championships held at Warren Area High School. The top three in each division’s weight class advance to this weekend’s Area 8 tournament at Corry Area High School. Hoffman was erroneously omitted from the top-3 area finishers published in Monday’s Times Observer.

College news

Warren Area High School graduate Brandon Schott has been placed on the 2013 Johnny Bench Award Watch List by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission as the starting catcher for the University of Maryland at Eastern Shore men’s baseball team.

The Johnny Bench Award, started in 2000, is given each year to the top catcher in Division I college baseball. The list will be cut to semifinalists on May 16, with the finalists being chosen on June 4. The winner of the award, voted on by the Division I coaches, will be announced on June 27 at the Greater Wichita Sports Banquet.

Schott is in his second year with UMES after transferring from Allegany College of Maryland. Currently, the senior is batting .293 with a team-best five doubles, driving in seven runs. He is also second on the team in slugging at .415.

“He is working extra hard with just two catchers active right now, doing his work and also helping with bullpen sessions,” says UMES head coach Pedro Swann. “With his work ethic, he is very deserving of the nomination.

To be eligible for nomination, players had to participate in at least 75 percent of games at catcher the previous season. Last year, in his first season with the Hawks, Schott was named a team captain and hit .266 with nine doubles, a home run and 23 RBI.

Schott is the only player from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the state of Maryland that was nominated for the list. He is one of 48 catchers currently nominated for the award.

The award is named after Johnny Bench, a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame after a 17-year career as a catcher with the Cincinnati Reds.

Schott was 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday vs. Lafayette, a 5-4 win for UMES. Schott and the Hawks will begin conference play this coming weekend, taking on Coppin State on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Princess Anne.

Youngsville High School graduate Cory Craig threw 1 1/3 innings of 1-hit ball, without allowing an earned run, in Division II California University of Pa.’s 12-4 win over Fairmont State Monday at California, Pa.