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Riverview's Malky picks Akron

| Saturday, July 28, 2012, 1:01 a.m.

Riverview pitcher Anthony Malky, one of the WPIAL leaders in strikeouts this spring, gave the OK to Akron on Friday.

Malky, who struck out 85 batters in 52 innings while going 6-2 with a 0.95 ERA as a junior, gave a verbal commitment to the Division I university. He also had scholarship offers from Buffalo, Rider and William & Mary.

“This is a weight off my shoulders,” he said. “Now I don't have to focus on myself so much.”

Malky said one of the greatest attractions Akron offers is the chance to be a contributor right off the bat.

“They said I'll definitely be pitching my freshman year,” Malky said. “I'll probably be worked into the starting rotation. To be a starter, I think there's a pretty good chance.”

Malky said he liked several other things about Akron, including the chance to learn from pitching coach Matt Ford, who played for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2003; the opportunity to compete in a Division I conference with parity; the proximity to his family; the Zips' home of Lee R. Jackson Baseball Field; and the team's indoor practice facility.

Malky throws a fastball that's been clocked at 91 mph as well as a changeup, curveball and slider. He also hit .468 as a junior.

This summer, he's pitching for the Pittsburgh Diamond Dawgs, an elite travel team.

“I know he wanted to get this all taken care of,” Riverview coach Rich Griser said. “An awful lot of schools have been after him.”

Paul Kogut is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at pkogut@tribweb.com.

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