Chartiers Valley's Horew ends high school career as all-star
Chartiers Valley senior Jake Horew represented Chartiers Valley at the 10th annual WPIAL Baseball Coaches Association all-star game Sunday as a member of the Class AAA squad.
“It is nice to be able to come out and play with the best players in AAA and AAAA,” Horew said. “It is a good opportunity.”
Class AAA walked away with a 10-9 win after a furious rally. Class AAAA scored four runs in the second inning and five runs in the third to take a commanding lead early. Class AAA mounted its comeback in the sixth as it scored three runs and then added two in the seventh.
In the ninth inning, singles from Hopewell's Logan Johnston and Ambridge's Steve Antolic scored a pair of runs to give Class AAA the win.
While the players came into the game from teams from across the area, Horew said there wasn't a true lack of chemistry due to sharing the field with various teams during their playing careers.
“Most of these guys I have played with or against my entire life,” Horew said.
The Colts finished the season 17-5 and 8-2 in Section 3-AAA playing, sharing the section crown with Keystone Oaks. Chartiers Valley made it to the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs, defeating Belle Vernon, 2-1, in the first round before falling to Keystone Oaks, 4-3, in the quarterfinals.
“We had a good run,” Horew said. “I think we could've done better than we did but it was still a good season.”
Horew said he improved as a player greatly his senior year, crediting the Chartiers Valley coaching staff with the development. He finished the regular season with 29 runs scored and 25 RBI.
“The coaches taught me a few things that improved my fielding,” Horew said. “They also helped my hitting and I hope to use that as I keep playing.”
Horew will play for the Allegheny Hustlers Palomino baseball team this summer. He also plans to make his final decision on where he will be attending college.
“I have a few schools I have in mind,” Horew said. “I am looking to make a decision in the next two weeks.”
Will he playing baseball in college? Of course.
“I want to be able to keep playing baseball as long as I can,” Horew said.
Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-388-5813.