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Quaker Valley baseball players staying busy this summer

| Monday, June 19, 2017, 11:00 p.m.

Quaker Valley's high school season ended in May.

But the Quakers aren't done on the baseball diamond just yet.

Quaker Valley's players are keeping busy this summer. The Quakers are split among three teams — a 19-under Super Colt team and a 17-under Colt team, both in the Char Valley Baseball League, and a 16-under Colt squad in the Pittsburgh Metro Baseball League.

Quaker Valley's Super Colt team is made up of eight seniors from this year's high school squad as well as junior Josh Magee, 2016 graduates Robert Kolessar and Peyton Russoniello and Sewickley Academy's Joe Straka and Ian Deihle.

“It's a lot of fun to play with these guys. I've grown up playing on teams with them,” Straka said. “It's a good team, and it's competitive baseball.”

It marks the Quakers' first Super Colt team entry in the Char Valley Baseball League, which has three other squads in Moon Township, Bridgeville and Keystone Oaks.

“Occasionally, Quaker Valley had a 19-under Palomino team, but we've always had trouble getting enough interest and we were able to do it this year,” QV Super Colt manager Greg Siuciak said. “It's a wooden-bat league, too, which is different for most of these guys.”

The Super Colt team was 2-2 through its first four games.

“Since it is a wooden-bat league, I guess our hitting has been OK. There's been nothing outstanding so far. The pitching has been really strong, though,” Siuciak said. “Joe Straka, Joey Hess and Clayton Glas have all pitched, and pitched very well. Jack Hendricks is one of the top pitchers and he hasn't pitched yet for us — I don't think we'll be hurting for pitching with the way it's started.”

That's a good thing because the team's schedule could get busy. The league is slated to wrap up in the end of July.

“We'll probably get in 17 or 18 games. We're talking about having playoffs or a season-ending tournament, too,” Siuciak said. “We usually play a game or two a week, but that'll probably become three games per week since we had to take a week off since we had a bunch of guys go on a senior trip.”

While Quaker Valley's players remain competitive, the goal is to enjoy summer baseball and have less pressure than during the high school season.

“It's a commitment, but we also know people have jobs and other commitments and will have to miss games,” Siuciak said. “The games have all been competitive, but this league is really for the guys who just want to play one more summer together before they head off to different places and different colleges.”

“I have to keep playing. I wouldn't want to go without it,” Straka said. “It's definitely more of a relaxed league, but it's fun. It's nice to play ball with my friends and see some live pitching, too.”

Joe Sager is a freelance writer.

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