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Seven named to AAC Red Tier teams

June 7, 2018
Nik Zirounis , The Town Crier

Fitch's baseball team had a very successful season that saw it capture a share of the All American Red Tier championship.

Seven Falcons from this title splitting club were rewarded recently when they were named to a pair of AAC all league teams. Having such a large number of players recognized was a celebration of the determination of this year's squad.

"We had five guys make first team all AAC and two make second team," said Fitch head coach Joe Paris. "That just shows how hard they worked all year long in fall ball and in the weight room all winter as well."

There were a total of six seniors and one junior selected from the Falcons group. The lone junior may have played the largest role in Fitch's success however. Starting pitcher Kenny Misik made the first team thanks largely to his 0.36 ERA. The southpaw slinger was Fitch's number one arm and was called upon game after game to lead the Falcons to victory. Joining the junior on the first squad were seniors Nick Belcik, shortstop Kole Klasic, catcher Mike Grazier and Jeremiah Papa.

Papa popped the ball at a .467 clip and had a .593 on base percentage with a .533 slugging mark. He had 32 total bases and seven stolen bases. Grazier garnered a .351 batting mark in the concluding season of his stellar career. He had 28 total bases and eighteen RBIs. Klasic batted in the middle of Paris' lineup and laced the ball hitting .379 with a .529 slugging percentage. Kole also collected 24 RBIs with two home runs and nine steals. Belcik batted .414, slugged .571 and hit a pair of homers. He hit in the clutch too knocking home 23 runs. Belcik also pitched his way to a 3-1 record.

Two other twelfth-graders were selected to the AAC's second squad. Second baseman Vinny Direnzo did it due to his .365 batting average, which included two triples. He was also awesome on defense with a .929 fielding percentage. Tommy Pitko was the final Falcon selected. Whenever Misik needed a break on the bump, Paris turned to Pitko who posted four wins and a 2.65 ERA.

Having so many upperclassmen chosen gives Coach Paris hope that his program is headed in the right direction.

"The six seniors set a great example for the younger kids," said the second-year coach. "It's great for our program because our younger guys saw how hard they worked and how coachable they were. It shows them that the hard work and dedication to our program paid off."

Next year, perhaps Misik and some of his mates can keep the example set by this sextet going as the Falcons fight for another AAC crown.



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