|Tom Sohns||Scott Sannito|
Two former University of Scranton baseball standouts were named
to the Middle Atlantic Conference all-Century team today.
Tom Sohns and Scott Sannito were each honored for their contributions to the eras of 1974-1986 and 1987-1993, respectively. They join 79 others who were recognized by the MAC in five eras—1912-1973, 1974-1986, 1987-1993, 1994-2003, and 2004-20012—as part of its 100-year celebration.
Sohns, a native of nearby Dunmore, is one of the most celebrated players in Royals’ history, earning first-team all-Middle Atlantic Conference three times (1973, 1975, 1976) as well as earning a spot on Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Coaches all-America team in 1976. He was also inducted into The University of Scranton Wall of Fame on February 20, 1987.
In 1972, Sohns was drafted in the 16th round by the Milwaukee Brewers in the Major Leagues Amateur Draft before eventually being selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 25th round in 1976. He played five seasons of professional baseball in the Reds organization, one each with the Billings (Montana) Mustangs and the Tampa Tarpoons in 1976 and 1977, respectively, and three with the Nashville Sounds (1978-1980).
Sannito distinguished himself both on the diamond and in the classroom. He was named first-team all-MAC twice (1989, 1990) and was voted first-team Academic all-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in 1990. In 1989, he led the Royals with a .354 batting average that included three doubles, a triple, two home runs, and a team-leading 19 RBI. He took his game up a notch even further in 1990, leading the team in hitting (.413) and slugging percentage (.625) as the Royals posted a 19-11 record under former head coach, the late Bill Howerton.