Scott Township Colt baseball teams finding success
The Colt League baseball regular season is in the final stretch and both squads from Scott Township are going strong.
Both the Scott Tinney and Scott Ferrella squads compete in the Chartiers Valley Baseball Association's Colt Quad District League. The other teams playing in the league include Bridgeville, Green Tree and Keystone Oaks.
The winner of the Colt Quad District League will face the winner of the CVBA's Colt League – which is made up of Sto-Rox, Montour Black, Quaker Valley, Montour Gold, Moon, Fort Cherry and West Allegheny – in a three-game series at the end of the season.
Scott Tinney – which played as Scott Blue last season – returns nearly its entire lineup, including coach Harry Tinney. The team is 7-1 as it carried the success over from last summer when it finished the regular season with a 13-4-1 record and second-place finish in the CVBA.
“We only lost a few guys,” Tinney said. “They were outstanding players but we have found guys to fill their spots. We returned a core of seven or eight guys. The biggest thing may be is we are more mature.”
Tinney has three pitchers at his disposal in Nick Jennings, Ryan Stephen and Guy Black.
“(Jennings) is pitching harder and better than last season,” Tinney said. “He started last season sloppy and improved. But this year he is so much better. Has better control and his curve ball is great. (Black) is new and the youngest guy on the team. He has been doing a really nice job.”
Tinney added Stephen has improved greatly from last year and has a good curve ball.
The team is also hitting well, as it has seven batters who are hitting over .300. While the team's fielding isn't as strong as it was last year, the team's pitching and hitting are leading to wins.
“We have been pound-ing the ball,” Tinney said.
But the biggest improvement for the team may be the maturity it has shown. While the team could get rattled by teams it was facing last year, it isn't showing any intimidation this season.
“That is the beauty of it all,” Tinney said. “They are more relaxed. They are communicating. They haven't shown any of the timidness they did last year.”
Scott Ferrella, meanwhile, is off to a 3-4 start.
Tony Ferrella has a group of players who are mostly new to Colt baseball but found success in Pony baseball a season ago.
“We have a bunch of first-year players but they play like second-year guys,” Ferrella said. “All but one are first-year Colt guys. It is a very young team but we have been in every game we've played.”
The team relies on the arms of Alec Curran, Justin Williams,Shane Waldern and Brady Gulakowski. The later two also provide the squad a solid presence behind the plate when not pitching.
Ferrella also said the team has strengths in first base with Anthony Ferrella, not to mention short stop with Curran and Collin Cyprowski.
“The team has great fundamentals,” Ferrella said. “They listen to what the coaches tell them. They understand the game and are really easy to coach.”
While his squad lacks power at the plate, Ferrella said his squad can play small ball with any team in the league. The first-year Colt coach praised his squad's ability to bunt, steal and move base runners.
“All of the games we played have been really close,” Ferrella said. “We know how to hit. But if we don't hit the ball, we can definitely play small ball.”
While the team is trailing in the league standings, the roster should all return next season and be able to add more marks to the win column.
“Every other year I have coached this squad, we are the young squad,” Ferrella said. “Next year we will have the older kids and get more wins. But we don't worry about first or second place. The bottom line is we want to compete. We want to put nine solid players on the field.”
Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-388-5813.