Fox Chapel baseball team seeks to continue success from last season
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Last season, the Fox Chapel baseball team finished 12-8 overall and was 6-4 in section play.
The Foxes made it to the WPIAL playoffs for the first time in six years, but their stay was a short one as they fell to Hempfield in the first round.
Coach Michael Frank must replace eight seniors from last year, but he's optimistic about the season.
“We have a strong corps of returning players from last year, and we've got some good pitching depth,” he said.
Key returning players are seniors Chad Bartlett, Connor Duquette and Anthony Veltri; juniors Greg Yaksich, Josh Dunlap, Daniel Vargo and David Brown; and sophomores Josh Anderson, Jacob Pilarski and Zach Burkhart.
Bartlett, a pitcher, is a four-year starter who was 4-3 last year with a 3.36 ERA.
Duquette, an outfielder, had a pair of home runs, scored 14 runs and had 10 RBIs.
First baseman Veltri hit .277 with a pair of homers, 11 runs scored and 10 RBIs.
Yaksich, a center fielder, batted at a robust .372 clip along with a pair of homers, 11 runs scored and 10 RBIs.
Dunlap, a pitcher and left fielder, pitched in 10 games last year and had a 2.50 ERA.
Third baseman Vargo hit .300 with 11 runs scored and seven RBIs.
Brown, a first baseman and pitcher, is looking to bounce back from an injury that derailed his 2013 season.
Anderson, a shortstop, hit .300 and was a slick defender.
Pilarski went 5-0 with a 2.82 ERA.
Burkhart, a catcher, was an all-section selection as a freshman and had one home run and 10 RBIs.
The Foxes also will be counting on senior outfielder RJ Walkowski; juniors Alex Massalski, an outfielder and third baseman, and Trent Rothert, an outfielder; sophomores Patrick Monteverde, a pitcher and first baseman, and Brian Coglin, a second baseman; and freshman shortstop and second baseman Jake Hughes.
“We still have a young team that will need to develop and gain experience,” Frank said. “Our section will once again be one of the strongest, top to bottom, in the WPIAL. North Allegheny and Seneca Valley will again be very strong. For us to return to the playoffs, every player needs to do their part to help the team as a whole.”
Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-782-2123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Rossi: Steelers rising fast in mediocre AFC
- Steelers offense learning to slam door
- Steelers clinch trip to postseason with big victory over Chiefs
- Pittsburgh police doubling up on duty after potential threats
- Steelers-Bengals game to start at 8:30 p.m.
- Renowned strength coach set to visit Kittanning
- Pittsburgh mayor Peduto goes ‘Undercover’ for CBS reality show
- Allegheny County district attorney prosecutors move on to state office
- Heyward, swarming defense get best of Chiefs in Steelers’ win
- Downie, Farnham bringing a much-needed edge to the Penguins
- Steelers notebook: Gay respects ‘anything’ referees call