Westmoreland campus clippings: Seton Hill’s Neal McDermott earns All-American honors
Neal McDermott was one of the best closers in collegiate summer baseball and the proof is in the Perfect Game/Rawlings All-America teams, announced Thursday.
McDermott, an incoming sophomore at Seton Hill and a Greensburg Central Catholic graduate, was one of 68 players selected. He was named to the second team after an impressive run with the Bristol Blues (Conn.) of the Futures League.
The West Leechburg native led the league in saves (14) and was third in strikeouts (49).
He finished 1-0 with a 1.82 ERA in 24 2/3 innings. He gave up only 12 hits and walked 11. There are four All-American teams, first through honorable mention, made up of 17 players each from various college leagues around the country.
Each includes a player at each infield position, three outfielders, a designated hitter, five starting pitchers, two relievers and a utility/two-way player. The Cape Cod League had the most selections with 11. McDermott was one of only two players picked from the Futures League, joining Sal Frelick of Boston College.
Other leagues represented include the Northwoods League, Coastal Plain, Perfect Game, West Coast, Cal Ripken and others.
McDermott’s Seton Hill teammate, junior Kenny Wells, also picked up postseason accolades. He was an All-Coastal Plains League first-team pick after leading the league in saves with nine. He finished 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 18 innings. Wells is the pitcher who came back from a near-tragic head injury last year. He was sidelined for more than a month when a throw from home to second by a catcher hit him in the back of the head during an intersquad scrimmage, causing bleeding on his brain.
Wells, who played this summer for the Morehead City Marlins, started in the CPL All-Star Game.
Junior linebacker Brett Zanotto (Franklin Regional) had five tackles in Saturday’s season-opening, 63-15 loss to Massachusetts.
Freshmen Sidney Ward (Greensburg Central Catholic) and Lexie Kolano (Norwin) each played in the first three games for the Zips. Ward has made three starts. Kolano is a transfer from Cincinnati.
Freshman forward Lauren Stovar (Penn-Trafford) wasted no time showing her goal-scoring ability. Stovar scored in her first collegiate game, Army’s season-opening, 2-0 win over Wagner.
Freshman Hannah Nguyen (Penn-Trafford) delivered her first college goal in the Dukes’ home opener, a 3-0 win over Jacksonville. Nguyen started the first three games of the season. Senior midfielder Casey Aunkst (Penn-Trafford) also is a key starter for the Dukes.
Other local players also have seen early action in redshirt sophomore defender Marley Smith (Norwin), freshman Alyssa Victor (Norwin) and Lexy Kendro (Norwin).
Forward Bailey Cartwright (Greensburg Central Catholic) started the Irish’s opener after spending months rehabbing an injured knee that cost the forward her freshman season. She has two shots on goal in three games for the Irish (3-0).
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Juniors Abigail Taraosky (Norwin) and Sarah Ward (Greensburg Central Catholic) each have an assist so far for the Red Flash (1-1-1).