Two Poland Seminary High School baseball players signed their National Letters of Intent Dec. 21 to play ball for Mercyhurst North East in spring 2018.
Seniors Padraig O'Shaughnessy and Nicholas Petrolla put pen to paper before a group of teammates and family, solidifying their commitment to the Mercyhurst North East Saints.
"This is the first time I had two heading to the same school," coach Richard Murray said. "Mercyhurst is lucky to get them. They are very hard workers."
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Poland Seminary High School senior baseball players Padraig O’Shaughnessy and Nicholas Petrolla held a joint signing ceremony Dec. 21. The two Bulldogs both signed their National Letters of Intent to play baseball for Mercyhurst North East in the spring 2018.
Mercyhurst North East is a Catholic liberal arts college located in North East, Penn., and is a branch campus of Mercyhurst University in Erie, Penn.
O'Shaughnessy and Petrolla will continue their baseball careers, which they began together at the age of five. Both played on the same team with the Poland Community Baseball League. The two continued through their high school years, making a good pair on the diamond.
O'Shaughnessy is the Bulldogs' pitcher and first baseman, and Petrolla serves as catcher.
Both Poland seniors were named All-League last season and will work on their third baseball letters this spring. The athletes also played important roles in the Bulldog team that went to state the last two years. In 2015, that team was runner-up in the state finals. For 2016, the team was knocked out in the semifinal state match.
"They have been important parts of our trips to state," Murray said.
Both O'Shaughnessy and Petrolla recently went on record and said they're planning a return trip to the state finals and this year, the Bulldogs plan to win it.
As for the choice of Mercyhurst, O'Shaughnessy said he liked what he saw at the school.
"It made me feel at home," he said. "I plan on majoring in finance and business, and Mercyhurst was a good fit."
Petrolla plans to major in biology and hopes to continue is education by applying to a medical school.
"The campus was a great fit," Petrolla said. "I like the coaches and I won't be homesick with my friend around."