Herbert on Sports Update

Army baseball team recovered from a slow start and is now assured of finishing with a winning record. The Cadets face a strong Navy team on Saturday in the Patriot League playoffs. Here's the rest of the Army sports updates as provided by the Association of Graduates.

BASEBALL (24-21-1):  Army is insured of a 4th straight winning season going into the Patriot League Playoffs this weekend.  Last weekend we defeated Holy Cross 5-3 in a makeup game that gave us 2nd place in the final league standings.  Against Longwood College (from Virginia) we won 2-1, lost 16-10, and won 3-2 in 10 innings.  In the loss, we were down 16-0 before scoring the last 10 runs.  Yesterday, in the final regular season game, we defeated New Jersey Tech 5-4 in 10 innings.  Plebe Chris Simpkins won his first game as a collegian by pitching a scoreless 10th inning, and helped his own cause by picking off a runner.  Yearling J.P. Polchinski batted in the winning run.

The league playoffs are heavily skewed in favor of the No. 1 seed (Lafayette).  On Saturday at noon we face #3 seed Navy in a single game, and the winner then plays Lafayette later in the afternoon in the first game of best-of-three.  Then the winner plays Lafayette again on Sunday – in a doubleheader if necessary.

LACROSSE (6-9):  Lost at Ohio State 17-7.  Ended the season by losing our last 7 games in a row.  This is a young team, and we will be a lot better next season.

WOMEN'S TRACK:  Participating in the Patriot League Track and Field Championships, plebe Ebony Thomas ran the 200 meter dash in 24.26, a new league and Academy record.  She also won the 400 meters in 55.62 seconds, and then ran on Army's winning 4X100 meter relay team that set a league record time of 46.88 seconds.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE (7-5):  Injuries did in our chances in the All-Service Academy Tournament at Annapolis.  We lost to Air Force 15-13, lost to Coast Guard 22-21, and lost to Navy 19-2.

SAILING TEAM:  Sailing is a club sport, and in the past 3 years has become one of the most competitive teams in the East.  In the past two weeks, Army participated in two major regattas and won them both.  At the Corinthian Yacht Club in Essington, PA., Army won over 6 other college teams.  Then last week, we won the prestigious Drexel Open.

GRAPPLING CLUB:  I really don't know what this sport is all about – obviously some type of wrestling, but I have to report it since they went down to Annapolis and defeated Navy 17-5.

ARMY-NAVY TRACK:  Some of the performances:  senior Rudy Mejia took the long jump (24' 5"), junior Reagan Rafferty won the high jump (6' 10 ¼"), yearling Robert Stovall won the 100 meters (11.12 sec), junior Dan McLeod won the 400 meter hurdles (53.95 sec).  Army's 4X100 meter relay team won with a time of 41.67 seconds.  Senior Kevin Filer won the hammer throw with a heave of 180 feet, 8 inches.  For Army's women, plebe Ebony Thomas won the 400 meters (56.97), senior Meghan Venable-Thomas won the 200 meters (24.53), plebe Toni Oestmann won the steeplechase (11:22.12).

Men's track completed an excellent spring by winning the Patriot League Championships.

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