Baseball players take college diamond

LEWISTOWN – This winter has been anything but fun, unless you like sking and sleding.

Very few days when the snow was coming down hard, the wind was blowing it sideways and the temperatures were near zero and below was anybody thinking about baseball or at least trying to play it.

But, now that February is here, some baseball people are already in the swing of things. Most colleges start play this month and for some local players the time is right to hear the words, “Play Ball.”

*Chris Baker, Midd-West, senior, Concord University. Baker had an outstanding year in 2013 as he went 8-2 and had two saves. He pitched in 19 games. He pitched in 48.2 innings and gave up 54 hits, walked only nine and struck out 28. Last year Concord, which is located in Athens, W. Va., had a 36-20 record and won the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC).

Concord opens the season on the road on Feb. 15 and then plays Pitt-Johnstown on Feb. 22 in its home opener. Baker played his first two years of college baseball for Frederick Community College in Maryland.

*Morgan Barger, Indian Valley, senior, New Orleans University. New Orleans had a 7-44 record last spring. Barger, who played for two years at Cecil Community College in Maryland, played in 41 games as a junior and started 39 for the Division 1 Privateers. He had 139 at bats and got 31 hits and scored 10 runs. He had five doubles, one home run and knocked in nine runs. He hit .223.

New Orleans opens the season on Feb. 15 at LSU.

*Cole Boozel, Mount Union, freshman, Frederick Community College. Boozel hopes to play middle infield and pitch for the Frederick, Md. based two-year school. Frederick opens the season on Feb. 21 at home against Genesee Community College.

*Boomer Brown, Mount Union, freshman, Mount Aloysius College. Brown is a freshman who will play the outfield. Mount Aloysius, which is located in Cresson, Pa., will open the season on Feb. 16 against Shenandoah University. The team will then make a spring training trip to Myrtle Beach, SC for games between March 6-13.

*Brock Goodling, sophomore, Mount Union, Winthrop University. Goodling had to sit out last year due to NCAA rules as he transfred from Clemson. Winthrop is a member of the Big South Conference and plays in the South Division. The school is located in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Winthrop opens the season on Feb. 14 at home against Arkon.

*Cody Heane, Indian Valley, junior, Bloomsburg. Last year Bloomsburg had a very young team and went 21-27. Heane was 2-1 on the mound in six games. He pitched 10 innings, gave up 11 hits, walked 12 and struck out five. Bloomsburg opens the season on Feb. 20 at the Newport News Apprentice School tournament in Newport News, Va. Bloomsburg plays in the PSAC.

*Tanner Kibe, Mifflin County, sophomore, Penn College. Kibe is a transfer from Penn State’s Mount Alto campus. He hopes to play in the middle infield for the Wildcats. Penn College’s opens its season at Southern Virginia University on March 7. The Wildcats play their home games at Bowman Field.

*Colton Kiester, Midd-West, freshman, Messiah College. Kiester hopes to see some action on the mound and at second base. Messiah opens the season in Fredericksburg, Va. against University of Mary Washington in a double header.

*Kyle Morrow, Mount Union, senior, Pitt-Johnstown. The senior had an outstanding year in 2013 as he hit .350. He had 50 hits and scored 35 runs. He smashed eight doubles and four home runs. He knocked in 31 runs. He played in 46 games and started 45.

As a catcher, Morrow had 227 chances and only had one error.

Pitt-Johnstown had a 27-19 record in 2013 and plays in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Pitt-Johnstown opens its season on Feb. 8 at UNC Penbroke. The first home game for Pitt-Johnstown Feb. 28 against East Stroudsburg.

*Rodney Patterson, Mifflin County, freshman, Mount Aloysius College. Patterson is a freshman pitcher. Mount Aloysius opens its season on Feb. 26 with a home game against Shenandoah University. The team will then head south to Myrtle Beach, SC for games between March 6-13.

*Kyle Pannebaker, East Juniata, sophomore, Juniata College. Last year Pqnnebaker started 16 games for Juniata. He scored 10 runs and had 11 RBI. Pannebaker hit .327. Juniata opens at Eastern Mennonite on Feb. 22 and its first home game will be against Pitt-Bradford on March 2.

*Nick Pupo, Lewistown, Junior, Penn College. Pupo is a right handed pitcher for the Wildcats. Penn College opens its season on March 7 at Southern Virginia University.

*Nolan Schaaf, Indian Valley, senior, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Schaaf saw limited action last year as he appeared in two games. He pitched three innings, gave up eight hits, walked two and struck out two. He has been fighting injuries throughout his college career.

*Cy Treaster, Mifflin County, freshman, outfield. Treaster will be in his first year with Bloomsburg. The former Mifflin County and Lewistown high school catcher, will be working in the outfield as a first year college player. Bloomsburg opens the season on Feb. 20 in Newport News, Va. in the Apprentice School Tournament. Boomsburg is a member of the PSAC.

Indiana opens its season on Feb. 15 against Penn State-Alleghany in Washington, Pa. Last year, Indiana went 27-23. Indaina plays in the PSAC.

*Seth Wagner, Mifflin County, Minnesota Twins. Wagner will report to spring training on Feb. 28 in Fort Myers, Fl. Wagner was drafted in the 39th round after his senior year in June of 2013. He reported late last summer and pitched in Florida before coming home in September.