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2005 Season Preview

2005 Mountain Cat Baseball
Season Preview

     The 2005 Pitt Johnstown Mountain Cat baseball season should, once again, prove to be an interesting one.  With nearly the entire pitching staff returning, including four seniors, this year’s rotation should shine for Pitt Johnstown.  However, Head Coach Todd Williams (8th season 153-148-2) will have to deal with the loss of seven solid seniors to graduation.  Pitt Johnstown will feature a new middle-infield combination, a new first baseman and a pair of new outfielders.  The Mountain Cats will also have to make-up for lost team speed and offensive production from a year ago.
     All that does not mean the cupboard is bare for Pitt Johnstown heading into the 2005 season.  Senior Adam Fairman (Creekside, Pa.), a Second Team All-North Atlantic Region designated hitter in 2004, returns to the line-up.  He will be joined by sophomore outfielder/pitcher Adam Plummer (Bellwood, Pa.) and junior power-hitting first baseman Casey Long (Johnstown, Pa.) in the middle of Coach Williams’ line-up.  The Mountain Cats also return several starters from last year’s team that set the school record for wins in a season, including third baseman Anthony Yarkowski (Homer City, Pa.), catcher/outfielder Joe Arcurio (Johnstown, Pa.), infielder Cody Gallaher (Sidman, Pa.) and catcher Paul Pentz (Johnstown, Pa.).
     Coach William’s pitching staff, bolstered by the four seniors, will be heavily relied on in their final seasons at Pitt Johnstown.  Right-handers Justin Ronan (Lilly, Pa.), Matt Hayes (Windber, Pa.) and Reggie Weaver (Meyersdale, Pa.) and left-hander Ryan Harner (Dauphin, Pa.) will carrie the load on the mound this season.  Junior Brian Chruscial (Irwin, Pa.), who led the team in appearances and posted a 2.70 E.R.A. in 2004, returns with Plummer and sophomore Zack Stere (Bellwood, Pa.) to bolster the bullpen. 
      Several transfers and incoming freshmen will also make an immediate impact on the team.  Junior catcher Josh Mearkle (Everett, Pa.), sophomore infielder Dan Delsignore (Johnstown, Pa.) and sophomore pitchers Shane Fisher (Friedensburg, Pa.) and David Huey (Glen Campbell, Pa.) all transferred into the program for the 2005 season.  Chris Turka (Natrona Heights, Pa.) should earn the starting shortstop job as a true freshman, while Scott Parnell (Export, Pa.) and Zack Toth (Sarver, Pa.) should get some innings on the mound as freshmen.  Outfielder Brandon Ruk (Natrona Heights, Pa.) will also see action and provide depth for the Mountain Cats.
     The 2005 version of the Mountain Cat baseball team has a hard act to follow after the 2004 team posted a 31-14 record.  This team is committed to improvement and continues to work very hard to improve upon last year’s record-setting effort.  The Mountain Cats have plenty of potential heading into the 2005 season and could go a long way in making their marks in Pitt Johnstown baseball history.

Last Reviewed: February 24, 2005