BENNINGTON — The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) announced its batch of weekly spring honors for the period ending April 3 on Monday with Southern Vermont College sophomore John Arancio being named the Baseball Player of the Week for the second straight time while freshman Joe Braim picked up the Baseball Rookie of the Week accolade.
Arancio is repeating as the league's top player as he continued his hot hitting last week to help extend the Mountaineers' winning streak to four games, now having hit safely in eight of SVC's last nine matchups. The sophomore shortstop went 4-for-8 (.500) across the team's two contests, scoring three runs and batting in four more. He knocked out his second homer of the year at Eastern Nazarene College on Wednesday to slug .875 on the week, adding a walk for a .600 on-base percentage. The sophomore didn't strike out in 10 total plate appearances, and he was perfect in 17 total chances at short.
Braim also had a great week for SVC, providing valuable playing time at both first base and on the mound. He picked up his first collegiate win from the bump at Eastern Nazarene on Wednesday, going eight strong innings with the start while allowing just one run on four hits and striking out four Lion batters. He then went 2-for-3 at the plate at MCLA on Thursday with a double, two RBIs and a run scored; the rookie was also perfect at first as he converted on each of the seven total chances he saw defensively during the Mountaineers' 16-4 win over the Trailblazers. This is Braim's first Conference recognition in his young collegiate career.
Arancio, Braim and the Mountaineers are scheduled to return to action on Saturday as they head to Becker College for the first two of a three-game NECC weekend series to be played in Leicester, first pitch of that doubleheader slated for 12 p.m.
Cambridge tops South High
CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >> The Cambridge boys lacrosse team held South Glens Falls scoreless in the second half on Saturday as the Indians scored a 8-3 win over the Bulldogs.
Cambridge trailed 3-2 at the half, but scored four unanswered goals in the third quarter to take the lead.
Max Hoffer was the leading scorer with three goals and three assists, while Max Ratelle and Cody Oldham each had a pair of tallies. Brad Geroux scored the final goal, while Charles Wilbur stopped 13 shots.
Cambridge is 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the league.