By BRIAN CUNNIFF
Two former Cape May County high school standouts are now their respective colleges’ all-time hits leaders.
Wildwood Catholic High School graduate Tyler Norris and Lower Cape May graduate Ariel Magee are the record holders for the baseball team at Cabrini University and the softball team at Chestnut Hill College, respectively.
Norris recently became the first 100-hit player at Cabrini, which first competed in baseball at the Division III collegiate level in 2017. He currently has 106 career hits.
For the season, Norris is hitting .301 with a team-high four home runs, 21 runs scored and 18 RBI. He also has four doubles and eight stolen bases in nine attempts.
Norris, a senior outfielder, is Cabrini’s all-time leader a variety of offensive categories. In addition to his program-best hit total (106), Norris is also Cabrini’s all-time leader in RBI (55), total bases (157), doubles (25), runs scored (75) and at bats (314). He’s also second in home runs (8) and stolen bases (40).
Norris went 2 for 5 with a run scored in his most recent action, a 14-3 over Lebanon Valley on Wednesday.
Cabrini (25-7 overall, 9-1 conference) is currently in first place in the Atlantic East Conference. The Cavaliers are scheduled to play a doubleheader at Marywood on Monday.
Norris played his freshman season at Drew University before transferring to Cabrini.
Magee, an outfielder, broke the Chestnut Hill softball hits record with her 115th in a win over Holy Family on April 10. The milestone hit was a triple.
She currently has 121 career hits after a doubleheader split with the University of the Sciences on Thursday. Chestnut Hill’s win in Game 1 gave the team its 15th victory of the season, a program record since Chestnut Hill joined Division II. The Griffins take an overall record of 15-21 into a non-conference doubleheader against Division III Gwynned-Mercy on Saturday.
For the season, Magee is hitting .305. She leads the team with seven doubles, three triples and eight stolen bases. She has also hit two home runs and has posted 19 runs scored and 13 RBI. Magee has also proven to be a terrific outfielder, with just one error in 89 chances so far this season.
Statistically, Magee is one of the top players in Chestnut Hill history. She is currently first all-time in batting average (.323), hits (121), runs scored (76), stolen bases (34), home runs (11) and total bases (185). She’s also second in triples (6) and fourth in RBI (47).