SSA baseball caps season in WPIAL 2nd round
The Shady Side Academy baseball team had its season come to a close with a loss to Mt. Pleasant in the second round of the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs.
The Indians upset Avonworth in the first round and ended their season with a 7-10 overall record and 5-5 mark in section play.
“We lost to a good Mt. Pleasant team,” SSA coach Bob Grandizio Jr. said. “They made it to the finals.”
Grandizio said the Indians will be one of the top teams in WPIAL Class 2A next season.
“We graduate only one senior. Nick Tarasi (P/INF), who was our team MVP last year and this year. He will be a big loss and will play at Allegheny College next year.”
Junior outfielder Ben Kosbie was the Indians' leading hitter, and Grandizio said junior catcher Luke Keenan and freshman shortstop John Salvitti were the team's best defensive players.
He also cited sophomore pitcher/outfielder Billy Frohlich as the most improved player.
“They will be the core of a very strong team next year that will also include returning starters at third base (junior Colin Kolano), second base (sophomore Tevin Anderson), first base (sophomore Michael George), designated hitter (sophomore Heath Newman) and right field (sophomore Brendan McLaughlin).
“We had a lot of good moments this year. The high point of the season were our walk-off win against Burrell and our playoff victory against Avonworth.”
Marty Stewart is a freelance writer.