Pitt-Johnstown Pitches In With New Point Stadium Pitcher’s Mound


posted July 21, 2016

Johnstown Mayor Frank Janakovic (left) accepts a $2,500 check from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, presented by Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar, for a new portable pitcher's mound at Point Stadium, home of the Mountain Cats baseball team. (Photo by John Rucosky, Tribune-Democrat)

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown donated $2,500 to the City of Johnstown to sponsor a new pitcher’s mound for Point Stadium. The donation was made in preparation for the upcoming All American Amateur Baseball Association (AAABA) Tournament and well in advance of the Mountain Cats baseball season.

A check presentation from Pitt-Johnstown President Dr. Jem Spectar to Johnstown Mayor Frank Janakovic took place prior to the July 20, 2016, Johnstown Junior League playoff game. The series will determine the local representative in the national tournament.

“Baseball in the city is an important activity. It brings the community together, and we wanted to support that,” Spectar said. “Our guys play here. For us, it’s an investment in something that is important to us as well. It is a win-win.”

Pitt-Johnstown plays its home games at the Point each spring.

The new mound is:

  • Made of artificial turf with a rubber backing and shock-absorbing landing area
  • More mobile and will enable the easy conversion of the field from baseball to football
  • Will eventually replace the current earth clay mound
  • Will be used in the third base bullpen for the 2016 AAABA tournament and will be moved to the field next season

The Mountain Cats are part of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, which will hold the PSAC tournament at the Point the next four years, according to Pitt-Johnstown baseball coach Todd Williams.

“This is going on my 20th year and the cooperation between the city and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown has just always been fabulous,” said Williams.

The 72nd annual All American Amateur Baseball Association (AAABA) Tournament, which takes place in Johnstown from Aug. 1-7.

The AAABA national tournament has been played annually in Johnstown, with the exception of two years. The event draws teams from throughout the United States. Many of the tournament’s participants have gone on to play in the major leagues.

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania, was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been presented with The Seven Seals Award by the US Department of Defense’s office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World. The distinctive combination of our people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success.