A senior first baseman from Meriden and a freshman pitcher/infielder from Wallingford have reaped postseason accolades in their respective Division III leagues.
Zak Sokolis, playing for Albertus Magnus, earned third-team honors in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. The 6-foot-2, 165-pound Maloney grad led the Falcons with 19 RBI, smacked two homers, scored 20 runs and lashed five doubles.
Sokolis’ teammate, sophomore Jordan Kubilus of Cheshire, was named to the GNAC All-Sportsmanship squad. The 6-2, 220-pound infielder/pitcher batted .301 and drove in 12 runs
Kayla Humphrey, in her first season at Worcester State, was named to the Massachusetts Small College Athletic Conference second team with a strong showing both on the mound and at the plate.
Humphrey, who played scholastically at Sheehan, played in all 29 games for the Lancers. She batted .299, drove in 15 runs, scored 12 and struck out just four times in 87 at-bats.
On the hill, she was 4-6 with a 3.08 ERA in 63 2/3 innings of work in the regular season. On Friday, in the MASCAC Tournament quarterfinals, she beat the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts 3-1 on a four-hitter with four strikeouts and no walks. The run was unearned.
Further to the east in the Bay State, two local athletes have made an impact on the cinders for Bentley University.
Junior sprinter Steve Maffiolini of Southington ran a 49.84 in the 400 meters at the MIT Collier Invitational, the 11th best mark in school history. His 22.82 in the 200 at the University of New Hampshire Wildcat Invitational was the 15th best in Bentley annals.
Maffiolini also ran an 11.65 in the 100 at the Raleigh Relays and has participated with both the 4x100 and 4x400 relay units.
Senior thrower Aubrey Batzinger of Lyman Hall held the school record in the hammer throw for part of the season with a toss of 109 feet, 9 inches before she was surpassed later in the season by two inches. Batzinger also heaved the discus 121-9, the third best effort in school history.
Both Maffiolini and Batzinger earned top-eight seeds in the Northeast-10 Conference Championships slated for this weekend.
Former Sheehan pitcher Brian Murphy turned in a solid campaign at the University of Hartford. The 6-6, 215-pound right-hander went 2-3 with a 4.35 ERA in nine games, all starts. In 39 1/3 innings, he yielded 47 hits, walked 15 and struck out 19.
Murphy’s best outing came on March 19 when he threw three hitless frames and fanned six against UMass.
Justin Robarge, a freshman pitcher from Southington, pitched a game in relief for the Hawks.
Also at Hartford, on the lacrosse field, former Cheshire star Torrey Martone completed his season as a redshirt sophomore on the Hawks’ defense. A two-time All-American in high school, Martone transferred after two seasons at UMass. Another former Rams sticker, Gerard Wrenn, completed his senior season at Becker College. The 5-11, 205-pound defender played in 19 games, 18 of them starts. He picked up 58 groundballs (third on the team), forced 22 turnovers and scored three goals.
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