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Sunday, June 12, 2011

This past spring, Monongahela native and Geibel Catholic High School graduate Brendan Costantino helped Seton Hill University's baseball team make its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament.

A redshirt freshman second baseman who became a starter during the early stages of the regular season, Costantino batted .317 while appearing in 37 games with 29 starts.

Offensively, he produced 33 hits in 104 at-bats with 27 runs scored, four doubles, two triples, 18 RBI, 10 walks, four hit by pitches, and 14 stolen bases in 16 attempts.

He made four errors in 54 field chances and helped convert five double plays.

Costantino cracked the starting lineup during Seton Hill's school-record 19-game winning streak. He was named the WVIAC Player of the Week in early April after recording eight hits in 11 at-bats with three stolen bases.

His consistent play helped Seton Hill finish with a 33-13 overall record, which included a 26-3 regular season conference mark and a second straight WVIAC Northern Division championship.

The Griffins season ended after they split two of four games and finished third at the six-team NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional in Lancaster.

Young gets experience

Right-handed pitcher Corey Young concluded his sophomore year at Washington and Jefferson College.

He appeared in six games this spring and recorded the team's first of three total saves.

Young pitched 7.1 innings in 2011 with two strikeouts.

Under the direction of eighth-year veteran Jeff Mountain, the Presidents finished the season with a 19-21 overall record and 15-6 in the President's Athletic Conference. The Presidents finished in a three-way tie with Grove City College and Thomas Moore for the regular season title, but lost to both those teams in the conference tournament.

Mountain stated that Young, who transferred to the Presidents from Lafayette in 2010, could play a bigger role

"He will get his opportunity," Mountain said. "The 2012 season has really already started for Corey and he needs to make the most of the months ahead and I believe he will."

Wild Things in majors

Along with celebrating its 10th year of existence this season, the Washington Wild Things have also experienced the organization's first player to reach the major leagues.

Tom Cochran, a former pitcher for the Wild Things, was called up May 29 by the Cincinnati Reds, becoming the first Wild Things player to make nine years to the day after the team's first-ever game.

Cochran, a left-handed pitcher, played for the Wild Things in 2006 and 2007. In 42 games for the Wild Things, Cochran struck out 198 batters.

Since playing in Washington, Cochran spent one year in the independent Cam-Am League and part of the 2009 season in the independent Atlantic League, from which the Reds purchased his contract. Cochran moved his way up through the Reds' system and began this year at Class AAA Louisville. He won his first five decisions and had a 5-1 record in eight games and four starts for the Bats at the time of his call-up.

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