Shortstop Aul leads Daily News League All-Stars with his sixth selection
Clancy's Pub shortstop Joe Aul has been named to the Daily News League all-star team for a record sixth time, all in succession.
Not bad for a guy who rarely played for his high school team.
“Six times in a row? I think there's a little bit of luck involved,” Aul said. “There are a lot of good players in the league. But I'm happy about it. My toughest critic is me. If I can prove myself, that is the most joy I get out of playing baseball.”
Aul, 26, who rarely saw action at Baldwin because of what he described as “political reasons,” went on to split time at the college level, playing two years each at CCAC-South and Division III St. Vincent.
He ranked eighth in hitting in the DNL in 2015 with a .418 average (23 for 55).
“It's always an honor to be honored by your peers,” Aul said. “I've put in a lot of hard work because I love the game.”
Aul, an assistant coach at Keystone Oaks, is among seven curent players to be named to multiple DNL all-star teams.
Leschak Automotive outfielder Kyle Lucott was named for a third time. Pasquale's Pizzeria third baseman Anthony Difillipo, the South Park brothers combination of designated hitter Adam Dodson and outfielder Ryan Dodson, Quinn Construction outfielder Ryan Kandsberger and South Hills first baseman Brandon Whitfield are repeat selections from 2014.
Rounding out the list are eight first-time selections: pitchers Cody Gross of Quinn Construction, Parker Meyers of South Park and Brad Schnelle of South Hills; catcher Sabatino DiNardo and second baseman Patrick Aul — Joe Aul's younger brother — of Clancy's Pub; and yet another brothers combination, second baseman Pat McCarthy and outfielder Mike McCarthy, as well as designated hitter Pat Trettle, all of league champion South Hills.
Pat McCarthy led the league in hitting with a .509 average (27 for 53), Whitfield was second at .492, and Lucott was third at .453.
Schnelle (3-0) ranked second in ERA at 0.91, giving up just three earned runs in 23 innings.
Aul, along with his dad Jack, a carpenter and general contractor, owns the Aul Bat Co. of Whitehall. They plan to move the bat-making operations in the coming weeks from Jack Aul's garage to a more spacious location in the South Hills section of Pittsburgh.
“We're in the process of finalizing a lease for the building,” Joe Aul said. “I guess you could call it an expansion.”
The Daily News League, which completed its 87th season, has elected an all-star team for the past 10 years.
This year's team was determined by voting by each of the league's 12 teams.
Dave Mackall is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com.