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2007 Season Preview

ATH06_BIO_028_WilliamsTodd_T2007 Mountain Cat Baseball Season Preview 
     02/21/07...2007 should be another exciting season for Mountain Cat baseball.  Coming off of a school-record 33-18 record and the program’s first NCAA Regional Tournament berth, expectations are high.  This team will also be the first team to play a full West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) schedule that features 24 conference games.  

     Head Coach Todd Williams (10th season) must fill three key holes left from a year ago.  First baseman Casey Long (Johnstown, Pa.), who set the Mountain Cat single-season and career homerun mark, catcher Josh Mearkle (Everett, Pa.) and right-hand pitcher Brian Chruscial (Irwin, Pa.) were all lost to graduation.
     However, plenty of talent returns, including starting pitcher Justin Ronan (Portage, Pa.) and second baseman Dan Delsignore (Johnstown, Pa.), who were both lost to injuries last year.  
     On the mound, four starters are back, including junior right hander David Huey (Glen Campbell, Pa.), a Second Team All-North Atlantic Region selection who posted an 8-1 record and a 3.00 E.R.A. in 2005.  Sophomore Chuck Boring (Dilltown, Pa.) (5-3 3.71 E.R.A.) had a team-best 55 strikeouts, while senior Zach Stere (Bellwood, Pa.) and junior Zach Toth (Sarver, Pa.) combined for an 8-2 record last year.  Coach Williams will also rely on sophomores Bill Wasko (Bethel Park, Pa.) and Garrett Pampiks (Gibsonia, Pa.) to continue to improve on their success they had as freshmen.  Junior Scott Parnell (Export, Pa.) returns from an injury, while transfer Eric Faint (Johnstown, Pa.), sophomore Mike Jewart (Natrona Heights, Pa.) and freshmen Tyler Zaremski (Bethel Park, Pa.), Adam Angermeier (Somerset, Pa.), Andrew deBethune (St. Albans, ME) and Banner Mann (Everett, Pa.) will also see plenty of action on the mound.
     Competition for spots in the line-up will be fierce, as Pitt Johnstown has plenty of depth everywhere on the field.  With almost the entire starting line-up returning and quality freshmen coming in, the 2007 team should be the deepest in Coach Williams’ nine previous seasons.  Senior Paul Pentz (Johnstown, Pa.) will anchor the catching duties, with freshmen Shane Bimeal (Mineral Point, Pa.) and Justin Demek (Cabot, Pa.) splitting time as back-ups.  Senior Bill Colosimo (Summerhill, Pa.) and sophomore Tyler Good (Philipsburg, Pa.) will take over for Long at first base, while Delsignore returns to play second base with freshman Dan Mangini (Lower Burrell, Pa.) adding depth to the position.  Junior Chris Turka (Natrona Heights, Pa.) returns for his third season as the Mountain Cats’ starting shortstop.  Angermeier, who also see action on the mound, is a quality shortstop who can fill in anywhere in the infield.  At third base, Justin Horrell (Ligonier, Pa.) is back for his sophomore season.  Freshman Josh Campanella (Allison Park, Pa.) will also battle for playing time at third base.  
     In the outfield, Coach Williams returns four players who saw significant playing time a year ago.  Led by senior center fielder Adam Plummer (Bellwood, Pa.), the outfield play should be very solid.  Senior Cody Gallaher (Sidman, Pa.) will compete with sophomore Josh Farabaugh (Altoona, Pa.) for a starting spot, while sophomore Matt Hanley (Delmont, Pa.) will occupy the other outfield position and be counted on to be a big bat in the middle of the Mountain Cat batting line-up.  Freshman Brad Dale (Windber, Pa.) is a quality outfielder with loads of speed who will provide extra depth.
     The 2007 Mountain Cat baseball team has a lot of expectations to live up to.  If Pitt Johnstown can continue its impressive play, the 2007 season should be another exciting one!
     The Mountain Cats are scheduled to open the 2007 season on  February 24 and 25 at Ohio Valley (WV) University, where they will play doubleheaders against the host school and California University (PA).
Last Reviewed: February 22, 2007