Augenstein, Zufall selected to The Almanac’s Diamond Dozen; 3 players named honorable mentions

Russell Finelsen, Editor-in-Chief

A year after missing the playoffs, the BP varsity baseball team went 6-6 in conference play and 13-9 overall while making the WPIAL playoffs. They made a historic run to the semi-finals. There, they suffered a heartbreaking 3-0 loss to Norwin. They then had a disappointing 6-3 loss to Shaler in the third place consolation game that prohibited them from playing in the PIAA tournament. However, some players got rewarded for their efforts.

The AlmanacĀ released their 2015 edition of the Diamond Dozen All-Star team on June 18, and BP’s two best pitchers, Corey Augenstein and Joe Zufall, were included on the roster.

Both Zufall and Augenstein earned All-Section 5, Quad-A first-team honors. In addition, both seniors played multiple positions on the field to help the team make the playoffs.

Augenstein, a pitcher and first baseman, was 6-3 on the year. Even though he was the losing pitcher in BP’s last two games, his best game was in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs against Hempfield. He pitched a complete game shutout, when he scattered seven hits and struck out 13. This helped the Black Hawks won, 3-0.

During the year, Augenstein had a 1.94 ERA and struck out 71. In addition, in his third year as a starting pitcher, he was chosen for the WPIAL’s All-Star game this year. Next year, he will attend the University of Pittsburgh.

Zufall had a complete game of his own in the WPIAL playoffs. He only allowed one run and six hits in the game in a BP win versus Fox Chapel in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

During the year, Zufall was 5-2 with a 2.40 ERA and 34 strikeouts.

Zufall also starred in the outfield. He led the team in batting average (.356) and slugging average (.534). He also hit three home runs and had 18 RBI. He will attend Lock Haven University next year.

In addition, Lou Ridgeway, John Scarsella, and Bo Williams were named honorable mentions.

Ridgeway also was a honorable mention for the Class AAAA Section 5 All-Star team. During the year, the catcher hit .340 with eight RBI and seven runs scored. He also hit a home run.

Both Scarsella, a senior, and Williams, a junior, are outfielders. Scarsella led the Black Hawks with a .419 on-base percentage. In addition, he had 10 steals. Meanwhile, Williams hit .351 with four doubles and 13 RBI. Both players scored 13 runs during the season.

Furthermore, sophomore Rob Morosetti was named a Player to Watch. Along with Ridgeway, he was a honorable mention for the Class AAAA Section 5 All-Star. The first baseman and designated hitter hit .350 and had a .400 on-base percentage.