The recruiting process for North Star’s Tony Strasiser was anything but typical.
Bishop McCort’s baseball team advanced to the PIAA playoffs the past three seasons, winning it all in 2011.
Three of the Crimson Crushers players reaped the benefits of the team’s achievements, announcing on Monday their plans to take their respective talents to the collegiate level.
Right-handed pitcher Justin Vardian will attend Penn State University, left-handed pitcher and outfielder Nathan Neiderhiser will head to Youngstown State and right-handed pitcher and infielder Bradley Coleman will play at Pitt-Johnstown. In the last three years, eight Crimson Crusher baseball players have moved on to play college ball.
A shout out to Coach Pfeil during the upcoming Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference baseball season might attract the attention of more than one coach.
Greater Johnstown High School hired long-time assistant baseball coach Kerry Pfeil as head coach during Tuesday night’s school board of directors meeting. Pfeil will replace Dee Dee Osborne, who retired with a 239-204 record after 25 seasons.
HOMER CITY —
Bishop McCort followed a familiar postseason script on Monday at First Commonwealth Bank Field.
The defending state champions produced baserunners, utilized their speed and aggressiveness to move up a base or two, and then delivered a clutch hit.
UPPER ST. CLAIR —
Given the number of quality pitchers for both Somerset and South Park, logic dictated Monday’s PIAA Class AAA first-round baseball game would be a low-scoring contest.
Then, Somerset came out in the top of the first inning and chased South Park starter Randy Dobnak four batters into the game.
JOHNSTOWN — Defending state champion Bishop McCort and returning state semifinalist North Star have much in common entering today’s PIAA Class A playoff game at First Commonwealth Bank Field in Homer City.
JOHNSTOWN — Runs and hits have been somewhat scarce for the Somerset baseball team lately.
ALTOONA — Justin Vardian stood on the mound at Peoples Natural Gas Field on Thursday night and saw the bases loaded with Claysburg-Kimmel runners.
SHANKSVILLE — There were few statistical surprises during Thursday’s District 5 Class A baseball championship at Shanksville-Stonycreek High School.
SOMERSET — It seemed destined Somerset and Hollidaysburg would meet for the District 6 AAA championship.