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April 4, 2014

H.S. Baseball: Region 3 outlook: Saegertown remains team to beat

When a baseball program, especially one the size of Saegertown, sends three graduates off to the college game, usually the talent pool that’s left behind isn’t very deep.

Yet, the Panthers — winners of the last three District 10 Class AA championships — are still the top ’Cats in Region 3 this season, which just shows the Mariana Trench-like depth of this program over the last few years.  

“They’ve played on some pretty big stages and have accomplished a lot of great baseball memories,” said head coach Tim Crum. “And they’ve got a big task ahead of them. They’ve got three D-10 titles and would love to finish it off with a fourth, to be able to look back at their legacy and say, ‘Wow, we really did that?’

“That doesn’t happen every day,” he added. “I hate to look that far down the road. But I can’t help but think how special that would be. And we have that opportunity. We have the team.”

Saegertown has already gotten off to a blistering start this season, sweeping all five of its games during a spring trip to South Carolina, and then returning home and posting an 11-1, six-inning win over Region 3 opponent Maplewood on Wednesday. So, it doesn’t appear as if the squad has slowed down much, even after graduating five seniors.

That list of graduates includes last year’s Region 3 Pitcher of the Year and current Waynesburg University pitcher Luke Carter; first-team shortstop and current Miami (Ohio) second baseman Stephen Sada; second-team pitcher and current Penn State-Behrend player Jacob DiGiacomo, and first-team all-region outfielder Austin Scere.

The list of all-stars returning is even larger, however. There’s the reigning Region 3 Player of the Year, senior center fielder Kyle Wise, a Slippery Rock University recruit. There’s all-region catcher, fellow SRU pick-up and one of the best bats in District 10, Tyler Walters. Then there’s all-region pitcher Matt Thompson (also a second-team first baseman); all-region second baseman Mitchell Wood (who is moving to short); all-region utility player Drew Durasa (a likely starter at third); and second-team outfielder Scott Sada.

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