Baseball: 2016 Minor League Update - Joey Havrilak (Trinity)

Written by John Perrotto on .

Joey Havrilak is showing improvement in his second season in the Detroit Tigers' farm system following a tough professional debut in 2015.

The center fielder and former Trinity High School standout is hitting .275 with two home runs, 12 RBIs and three stolen bases in 19 games for short season Connecticut in the New York-Penn League. Additionally, the 24-year-old has a .375 on-base percentage, a .449 slugging percentage, two doubles, two triples, 10 walks and 11 strikeouts.

The Tigers selected Havrilak in the 18th round of last year's amateur draft from the University of Akron. He hit a combined .202 with four homers, 19 RBIs and three steals in 57 games with Connecticut and Detroit's rookie-level club in the Gulf Coast League.

Havrilak attributes his improvement to being moved into the third spot of the batting order, where he usually hit in college. He primarily hit in the bottom of third of Connecticut's batting order last season.


Alumni Update - Hunter Bigler (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

AUSTIN, Texas – IUP senior Hunter Bigler has been named a second team selection on the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II Baseball Team, which was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and released on Thursday afternoon.


The CoSIDA Academic All-America® teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.


Bigler is an exercise science major who graduated with a 3.91 cumulative grade point average. He's one of seven members of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) on the 12-person academic team that consists of schools from the PSAC, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Mountain East Conference.


The senior centerfielder was also a second team All-PSAC West selection, putting together the best offensive season of her four-year career, including a .349 batting average from his leadoff spot.


Bigler also set new career-highs with 38 runs scored, six doubles, four triples, two home runs and 24 runs batted in.


Bigler led the Crimson Hawks with 17 multi-hit games, including a pair of four-hit outings. He also boasted a hitting streak of nine games and reached base in 11 straight contests. His .451 on-base percentage was a team-high, as were his four stolen bases.


Bigler becomes the sixth IUP baseball student-athlete to earn Academic All-America® honors and the first since senior outfielder Robbie Zinsmeister was a third team selection in 2012.


Bigler, a Trinity graduate, is the second Academic All-America® selection for IUP this year, joining sophomore running back Chris Temple last fall.



Alumni Update - Marley Lafferty (Pitt - Greensburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

BRADFORD, Pa. - The Pitt-Greensburg softball team capped an important conference weekend with back-to-back 6-2 wins at branchLafferty PGU campus rival Pitt-Bradford on Sunday.

With the two victories, the Bobcats improve to 6-6 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference and 8-22 overall.  The Panthers slide to 2-10 in conference action and also sit at 8-22 on the year.

Marley Lafferty, a Trinity graduate, got all the run support she'd need on her way to the complete game victory.  Lafferty earns her fourth win of the year by striking out three and allowing just two runs on nine Bradford hits.


(photo courtesy of University of Pitt-Greensburg)


Lacrosse: Trinity on road to respectability

Written by Joe Koch on .

Following an opening-game 8-6 non-section loss to Quaker Valley, the Trinity Hillers have won three games in a row that included a 10-4 victory over section rival Baldwin. They followed that win with non-section victories over Fairmont, W.Va., Senior, 14-6, and Latrobe, 9-6.

On Friday, Trinity hosted Wheeling Park. Today, the Hillers traveled to Wheeling to play Linsly School.

They swing back into section play with a game Wednesday at Baldwin. Trinity has section games remaining at Chartiers Valley, Moon, Seton-LaSalle and Canon-McMillan. Three of these teams have winning records.


Alumni Update - Don McWreath (Seton Hill)

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Following a 6-2 trip to Florida for their spring break trip, the Seton Hill baseball team swept the PSAC West Weekly Baseball Awards, theMcWreath SHU league office announced on Monday afternoon.

Senior first baseman Zac Heide was named the PSAC West Athlete of the Week while junior right hander Don McWreath was named the PSAC West Pitcher of the Week. Its the first award for a Griffin this season and the first time Heide or McWreath has won a weekly award.

McWreath, a Trinity graduate, recorded a win and a save in two appearances for the Griffins. He pitched 4 shutout innings of relief to earn a save vs WV Wesleyan.  

He gave up just 2 hits and struck out 8. He earned a win in the Griffins last game of the week against Winona State.  He pitched the final 4 innings, giving up just 1 hit and striking out 1.  

On the week, he threw 8 scoreless innings, gave up just 3 hits and struck out 9.


(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)