Friday, June 12, 2009
Following Trinity's loss to eventual PIAA Class AAA finalist Chartiers Valley in the semifinals of the WPIAL playoffs, Colts coach Jim Jaskowski said of Hillers pitcher Alex Frey, "If he isn't the best pitcher in the WPIAL, he's one of the top two or three."
After Carmichaels lost to Serra Catholic, another PIAA finalist, in the WPIAL Class A championship, Eagles coach Brian Dzurenda called Mikes pitcher Joby Lapkowicz, "The best pitcher in the WPIAL, without a doubt."
Lapkowicz, who lost only one game during his final two years of varsity baseball, is a hard-throwing lefthander who regularly hits 88 mph throughout a game. He signed with Slippery Rock University to play baseball earlier in the school year.
Frey, another hard-throwing lefty who stays around 84-85, nearly joined Lapkowicz at the Rock before choosing Youngstown State.
"I know Joby and I've watched him pitch a few times. He's really good," said Frey, who – like Lapkowicz – is not tall for a power pitcher. "I almost joined him."
Slippery Rock's loss is Youngstown State's gain. The Rock, however, shouldn't be feeling too bad about not landing Frey. They've plucked several of the area's top talents in recent years.
Besides Lapkowicz, current Rock players include Waynesburg High grad Mitch Monas and South Fayette's Matt Kosik, who finished second on the team in batting average as a freshman. Plus, former California High ace and Observer-Reporter Player of the Year Zach Jeney is on the roster.