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Antone swaps Pitt for Potomac State

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009

Kiski Area graduate Nate Antone won't be playing his college baseball at Pitt, after all.

Antone, who verbally committed to the Panthers last winter, signed with Potomac State, a junior college in Keyser, W.Va.

Antone, a 6-foot-5 pitcher/infielder, said he lost touch with Pitt and never felt close to the program.

"We weren't communicating," he said. "They really never let me know what I had to do, and I didn't have a backup plan. They didn't let me know what was going on and didn't return my calls. After a while, I had to do something else."

Antone said he also didn't pass a written test for Division I players, but failed by ".04 points."

Last season with Kiski Area, Antone hit .404 with six home runs and 21 RBI. He was 4-1 with a 2.88 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 411/3 innings.

Antone could get drafted by the time he becomes a college junior. He was on Major League draft boards in June, but he never got a call. He said he heard that teams backed off him because they believed he isn't interested in pitching at the next level.

Antone said he'd like to play third base or shortstop, but he isn't ruling out pitching.

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