HS BASEBALL: Wormuth Has Built A Solid Career At Carbondale Area
Four years ago, Carbondale Area’s baseball team needed an infielder. So one day at practice, the coaching staff put a freshman, Stone Wormuth, at third base.
Since then, his name has been on the Chargers’ lineup card.
“I made a good impression and that’s how I got my playing spot,” Wormuth said.
Now a senior, the 18-year-old is putting the finishing touches on a successful high school career.
Through Friday, Wormuth had a 10-game hitting streak and hit safely in 13 of the team’s 16 games. He is batting .451 (23 for 51) with six doubles, one triple, two home runs, 19 runs and 11 RBIs.
Over his four years, he has
67 hits in 194 at-bats for a
.354 career average with 13 doubles, one triple, four home runs,
36 runs and 29 RBIs.
“As a freshman he was raw, but you could see the potential. The talent was there,” Carbondale Area coach Stephen Moro said. “He does everything you ask him to do. He wants to work, wants the reps. Now it’s paying off for him.”
He has laid a good foundation for the future, too.
After graduation, Wormuth plans to attend Wilkes University, where he will major in mechanical engineering and continue his baseball career.
Wormuth recently participated in the Hayes Family Physics Competition at the University of Scranton with a group of Carbondale Area students that included teammates Pat Durkin, Jonathan Pugliese and Nick Vadella.
Also, in March, he took part in the Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Bridge Building Competition.
“We had to construct bridges and see how they held up against a certain amount of weight. My bridge held up second-best on the team,” Wormuth said. “It was fun. And it’s one of the things I’m going to college for.”
Because of his interest in physics and engineering, Wormuth frequently talks with his physics teacher, Joseph Borosky, about how the topics covered in class relate to baseball. Borosky is a former player at Carbondale Area and the University of Scranton.
They discuss things like calculating the maximum height of a hit ball, the time it is in the air, and the distance the ball travels based on the angle and the velocity at which it came off the bat. Or where a player would have been positioned in order to run and catch a fly ball based on his/her speed running after the ball.
Sometimes, they will just chat about the game itself.
“I’m always asking my physics teacher questions about baseball,” Wormuth said. “When I’m up at the plate I’m not thinking about (physics). But nowadays, launch angle and exit velocity are very big. So I guess I try to work on them to drive the ball harder.
“I would definitely say learning physics in school has helped my game a little bit. My extra-base hits have gone up.”
His statistics throughout his career prove that. Plus, he said he always is tinkering with his swing to eliminate any holes and try to make harder contact with the ball.
Each season, Wormuth said, has been a learning experience.
“As a freshman, I barely knew anything about the game,” he said. “These coaches (at Carbondale Area) and every coach I’ve had through summer and fall, I’ve learned so much through my four years. It’s made me the ball player I am today.”
Versatility is another strength to Wormuth’s game.
After playing third base as a freshman, the Chargers needed a shortstop during his sophomore season. So he moved to that position.
As a junior, he split time between shortstop and third base.
This season, graduation left Carbondale Area without a catcher. So Wormuth strapped on the gear and played eight games behind the plate.
“We had a couple younger guys, but they weren’t really developed,” Wormuth said. “So (the coaches) said, ‘Stone, try it out.’ Fortunately, the younger kids worked hard and got better and I was able to move back to third.
“Wherever they need me, I’m the guy.”
Although his high school career is winding down, Wormuth hasn’t thought much about it. He is more focused on helping the Chargers make a late playoff push.
They started 0-6, but have gone 6-4 since. Four of their losses came in extra innings.
“As a team we started off a little bit slow,” Wormuth said. “But we’re hitting the ball a lot harder and pitching’s been coming around. We’re working hard and getting better every single day. I couldn’t be more proud.”
Moro said he is going to miss writing Wormuth’s name on the lineup card next season. But he knows Wormuth will be successful in whatever he does.
“He has a bright future, not just in baseball but in life and academics,” Moro said.
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