Yough graduate Bisko chosen as one of 13 players for Under Armour baseball team
By Alex Oltmanns
Published: Monday, July 22, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Thirteen players from across the country were selected as members of the National Under Armour 18-and-under baseball team that traveled to Jupiter, Fla., to compete in the Under Armour Southeast Championships last month.
One of those 13 players was Brad Bisko, a recent Yough graduate. He made the team via the Under Armour/Baseball Factory tryouts in April, and not only did he make the team from the Pittsburgh tryout, he was tabbed as the top prospect.
“It was a pretty good feeling whenever I got the call and they told me that I was going to be a part of the team,” Bisko said. “It just shows that all my hard work, dedication and commitment really paid off.”
“For him, it's obviously an honor because there were a lot of prestigious kids in there,” Yough head coach Jeremy Zufall said. “I remember when he had the tryout ... he had a phenomenal tryout, and obviously, going down south was beneficial for him because that way other coaches could see what he could do.”
Zufall said the shortstop can do just about everything on the diamond as evidenced by his .422 average, 14 RBI, .500 on-base percentage, 11 steals and .625 slugging percentage this past season at Yough.
But maybe above all else, it was his speed that stood out at the April tryouts. He was clocked at 6.57 seconds in the 60-yard dash.
“We ran the 60-yard dash, and I ended up being the fastest one there,” Bisko said. “It was also one of the fastest times they ever got.”
Once in Florida, Bisko and the national team played against elite teams from the Miami area as well as a team from Venezuela at the event that stretched from June 6-11 at the Roger Dean Sports Complex, the spring training home of the Miami Marlins.
His exposure in that tournament as well as his stellar play during his career at Yough led to him to accept a baseball scholarship to Florence-Darlington Technical College, a junior college in South Carolina. He hopes to eventually play at the Division I level.
“A lot of kids that end up going to this junior college go to big-time Division I schools down south and even get drafted out of that school,” said Bisko, who received interest from several schools. “I hope one day that could be me.”
Bisko, a four year-starter at Yough, helped lead the Cougars to a 10-12 (7-5 section 2-AAA) record and their first playoff appearance in seven years.
Bisko made a game-saving play at shortstop in the seventh inning against Laurel Highlands to secure the playoff bid late in the season.
“It was a pretty big deal that we hadn't made the playoffs in so long, and then, being able to do that this year and being a key player in that means a lot. And, like I said, my hard work and commitment and showing up every day during the offseason and coming to every practice it really pays off and was really worth it in the end,” Bisko said.
Bisko's presence in the lineup will be missed by Yough next season, but Zufall said he expects him to continue his solid play at the next level.
“He's a great kid,” Zufall said. “He's one of those guys that comes by once in a long time.”
Alex Oltmanns is a freelance writer.
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