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Pantuso, Gitzen provide offensive punch to Baldwin baseball's lineup

| Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 9:07 p.m.

Alex Pantuso and Jordan Gitzen provided a formidable one-two punch for the Baldwin baseball team in 2013.

Pantuso, a junior pitcher/infielder, hit a team-leading .425 this season with three home runs, five doubles and 14 RBI.

“Alex did great job this year pitching, and obviously hitting,” Dan Caponi, Baldwin's head coach, said. “He is a great team leader with an excellent work ethic.

“As hard as he works, we look for bigger and better things next year.”

Gitzen, a sophomore outfielder, finished with a .409 batting average with two home runs, three doubles and 12 RBI.

“Jordan had an unbelievable year at the plate and in the outfield,” Caponi said. “He's another hard worker with a bright future ahead of him.”

Pantuso and Gitzen were complemented offensively by freshman outfielder Chris Eisel (.333), sophomore third baseman Dylan Finocchi (.327) and junior designated hitter Tony Martinez (.270).

Martinez led the club in RBI with 15, and clouted two home runs and two doubles.

Tom McCarthy, a junior infielder, also belted a home run for the Highlanders this season.

Nick Benick, a junior pitcher/infielder, paced the pitching staff with a 3-3 record and 3.57 earned run average in 35.1 innings of work.

Pantuso and junior Zach Murray also picked up a victory apiece.

Baldwin ended up 5-12 overall this season and finished in fourth place in Section 3-AAAA with a 4-6 slate, behind Central Catholic (9-1), Franklin Regional (8-2) and Plum (7-3).

The Highlanders were edged by Connellsville, 6-5, in their season finale. Pantuso collected four hits — two singles, a double and a home run — in the game.

McKeesport (2-8) and Gateway (0-10) rounded out the section standings.

Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5820 or rfisher@tribweb.com.

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