By Bob Behre
A trio of former Diamond Jacks had a big start to their collegiate baseball seasons as Lehigh University went 1-3 during a four-game set in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Sophomore Mike Maguire, freshman Peter Woltersdorf and junior Tom Schumacher had big games against stiff competition during the Mountain Hawks’ first southern swing of the season.
Maguire, a sophomore center fielder who played scholastically at Immaculata, went 6-for-16 (.375) in the four games, including a 2-for-5, 2-RBI performance during a 5-4 loss to UNC-Wilmington. Maguire registered just 18 at bats his freshman season but the hot start to his sophomore campaign has him moved up to the No. 2 spot in the Lehigh batting order.
Woltersdorf, a First Team All-State selection last spring when he led Hunterdon Central High School to the NJSIAA Group 4 championship game, put forth a sterling relief outing in a 5-4 victory over Eastern Kentucky. The righthander’s performance earned secured for him the Patriot League’s Rookie of the Week award.
Woltersdorf (1-0) entered the game in the seventh inning with Lehigh trailing Eastern Kentucky 4-2. He proceeded to pitch three hitless innings as Lehigh rallied for a run in the eighth inning and two more runs in the top of the ninth to take a 5-4 lead. Woltersdorf struck out one, walked one and faced the minimum nine batters as he earned his first collegiate victory.
Schumacher, a junior first baseman from North Hunterdon High School, erupted for three hits in a 3-for-4 effort in the team’s one-run loss to UNC-Wilmington. He started three of the four games for Lehigh.
Including the three former Diamond Jacks, Lehigh boasts a robust nine players with New Jersey roots. The other six Garden Staters are junior righties Mike Gibbons of Newark Academy, Anthony Morrone of Allentown and Cole McManimon of Princeton Day, sophomore righty Jason Reynolds of Timber Creek, junior lefty Ethan Frohman of Gov. Livingston and senior righty Matt Ratner of Newark Academy.
The Mountain Hawks are coming off a 21-29 2017 season.