By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(April 1, 2014) – While the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament dominated the sports world’s media coverage this past weekend, several Loudouners made headlines of their own on the baseball field.
Loudoun Valley High School graduate Andrew Creamer (2010), Heritage High School graduate Andy Zarobila (2010) and Purcellville-native Billy Arens helped No. 19 Shenandoah University to a 2-2 weekend as the Division III Hornets improved to 16-4 including a 9-1 record in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
For the first game of the weekend, the Hornets faced off against Penn State Altoona on March 21, and Creamer went 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and three runs scored while starting as Shenandoah’s left fielder.
The 6-foot-1 senior then added to the damage during a doubleheader against Randolph-Macon College on March 22 when he had three hits including a double. During the two-game series with the Yellow Jackets, Arens added two hits and two runs of his own while batting leadoff and playing shortstop.
Arens’ and Creamer’s continued to pad their stats as they both had hits in Shenandoah’s, 10-6, come-from-behind win over the Muhlenberg College Mules on March 23.
In 2014, Arens is batting .377 with three doubles, four stolen bases, 12 RBI and 28 runs scored! Creamer has added 11 runs scored, five extra-base hits, 12 RBI and a .313 batting average.
Zarobila – a 6-foot-1 southpaw – made his only appearance of the weekend during the Sunday day game shutting the door on Muhlenberg after pitching 1.2 innings to close the game out for the Hornets.
This season Zarobila has gone under the radar, primarily out of the bullpen, and has yet to give up a run in his 11 innings of work. On March 20, the senior picked up his first win of the season over Eastern Mennonite University.
Other notes from the past week in baseball (and softball):
- Another Heritage High School graduate Brandall Peters (2013) – who currently plays outfield for Pfeiffer University (19-12, 8-4 Conference Carolinas) – is using his legs to help the Division II Falcons. In an afternoon game on March 25, the Falcons beat St. Andrews University, 10-4, with the support of Peters on the base paths. In the second inning of the contest, Peters entered at a pinch runner for Pfeiffer’s catcher. After several pitches, Peters stole third base and scored on a throwing error by the catcher who tried to catch Peters stealing. Peters went on to score again in the third inning and steal another base in the eighth.
- Peters’ former Heritage Pride teammate Lorenzo Calderon (2013) has helped to develop a first year baseball program at Marymount University this spring. In a game against Salisbury University on March 21, Lorenzo started in centerfield for the Division III Saints and moved a base runner over in the third inning with a sacrifice bunt. Potomac Falls High School graduate Brandon Orbe (2013) went 2-for-4 including a solo homerun for the Saints in their loss to the Sea Gulls. This spring Orbe is batting .270 with a pair of long balls, seven doubles, a triple, nine RBI and nine runs scored. Calderon has added four sacrifice bunts.
- Loudoun County High School graduate Nick Fischer (2011) is helping his pitching staff at DeSales University both behind and at the plate. The junior has caught the Division III Bulldogs’ last four games and is dominating opposing pitchers while swinging the bat. On March 22, Fischer went 3-for-6 with a double and three RBI against King’s College starting both games of the doubleheader. It was déjà vu for Fischer on March 23 as he once again went 3-for-6 with a double and 3 RBI. Fischer currently leads DeSales – who is 6-7 including a 5-0 record in the Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom Conference – in batting average (.381) and on-base percentage (.552).
- Chowan University pitcher and Park View High School graduate Bobby Mason (2012) wishes his team had the same kind of bat pop that Fischer did as his pitching resume has not flourished because of a couple close games where he did not get much run support from his Division II Hawks’ teammates. Over the weekend, however, Chowan pushed across 13 runs to take down Elizabeth City State University, 13-5. The win improved Mason to 2-1 on the season as the sophomore hurled four innings allowing one earned run on five hits. Mason picked up Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week honors for the week of March 9 after his 2-1 victory over Virginia State University on March 15 snapped Chowan’s 18-game win streak. On March 9, Mason went five innings allowing just one hit in a losing effort against Mercyhurst College. Mason leads the Hawks pitching staff with a 1.69 ERA.
- While the Providence College softball team (0-15, 0-3 Big East) is struggling to earn their first win of the season, one of the Division I Friars’ freshmen is absolutely cruising at the beginning of her college softball career. Broad Run High School graduate McKall Miller (2013) smacked a two-run homerun over the left field wall in the first inning of game two of a doubleheader against Seton Hall University on March 22. Unfortunately, Miller’s early spark did not ignite the rest of the Providence bats as the Friars fell to the Pirates in both games: 5-0, 11-3. Miller leads the Friars in homeruns (4), doubles (3), RBI (8), runs scored (8) and is among the leaders in batting average (.277) and slugging percentage (.596).
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!