2013 O-R All-District Baseball Teams
Katie Roupe / Observer-Reporter
California's Brian Fisher and Canonsburg's Alayna Astuto are the Observer-Reporter's baseball and softball players of the year.
Senior, Pitcher/First Base
A crafty lefty? Sure. Fisher wasn’t a strikeout machine – 62 in 80 1/3 innings – but he certainly was effective, as evidenced by his 10 wins, four of them in the playoffs, and an ERA of 2.17. Gannon recruit helped Cal to the WPIAL and PIAA Class A semifinals.
Senior, Pitcher/Center Field
Allen was the leader of a team that tied Brownsville for the Section 2-AA title. Improved quite a bit on the mound and was named Hitter of the Game for the Class A vs. Class AA WPIAL Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game. Went pitch-for-pitch with Laurel’s Brandon Ritchie, a George Washington recruit, in first round of playoffs.
Canon-Mac caught fire the second half of the season, and Forrester pitched nearly every meaningful inning, leading the Big Macs to the Section 5-AAAA championship. He finished the year with a record of 7-1. In 52 innings, Forrester piled up 37 strikeouts, walked just eight and posted an ERA of 2.80.
Senior, Third Base
As valuable as Forrester was on the mound, Fortunato was every bit his equal at the plate. After volunteering to shift into the leadoff spot, Fortunato hit .464 and posted a .593 on-base percentage. He stole 10 bases, had 11 extra-base hits and drove in 20 runs, good enough for second on the team.
Lawless was a workhorse, going 7-1 with a save in his 10 appearances. In 46 innings, the right-hander used his heat and loopy breaking ball to strike out 63 and walk only 13, giving up 35 hits. His ERA was 1.83. Lawless, who’s also a standout football and basketball player, helped Carmichaels to the Section 1-A title.
Luko was the Trojans’ No. 2 pitcher behind Fisher and went 5-2 with 42 strikeouts and a 3.60 ERA in 44 2/3 innings. At the plate, the shortstop scored an astounding 38 runs, hit .413, led the team with 10 doubles, walked 21 times, drove in 19 runs and stole 12 bases.
Junior, Second Base
Though he might be small in stature (5-10, 155), there’s nothing tiny about Luketich’s game: a .457 batting average, best on the team; 37 runs, 29 RBI and 12 steals, all at or near the top; 10 extra-base hits, three of them triples, and five strikeouts. Fielded at a .918 clip.
Pounds was the Bucs’ unquestioned ace and took the ball pretty much whenever he was legally permitted to do so. He racked up a 7-4 record – Chartiers-Houston had 12 wins total – to go along with a 3.10 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 55 innings. He also hit .388, got on base 52 percent of the time and drove in 24 runs.
Senior, Pitcher/Center Field
The Penn State recruit bounced back from an early-season slump and hit .383, but Riotto’s biggest value to the Hillers was as a pitcher. In 31 1/3 innings, the lefty went 5-1 with a 2.23 ERA, striking out 42 and walking only nine. Most impressive was his complete-game, eight-strikeout gem to upset No. 3 Hampton in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.
Senior, Pitcher/First Base
Wastchak, who committed to Akron after the season ended, had a slash line of .473/.561/.764. Led Peters Township with 21 RBI and three homers, tied for the team lead in doubles with five and ranked second with 12 runs. Also had a 2-3 record with a 4.82 ERA as a pitcher.
Bell was the top pitcher on a young Bentworth team that made a late charge into the WPIAL Class AA playoffs. Was 4-2 with 27 strikeouts in 36 innings. He also hit .393 and paced Bentworth with 11 extra-base hits and 17 RBI.
One of the area’s best pure hitters, Blasinsky had a .536/.618/.750 slash line, with 22 RBI, nine extra-base hits and just five strikeouts in 56 at-bats. Actually improved his average with runners in scoring position, bumping up to a .583 average when he had a chance to drive in a run.
Senior, First Base
Davey was the leading RBI man on a team that won seven in a row at one point to come out of nowhere to claim the Section 5-AAAA title. He drove in 27 runs, hit .413 and had an on-base percentage of .507. Davey also walked 10 times and scored 14 runs.
Salem International (NCAA Division II) recruit hit a team-high .438 while making just two errors all season and striking out four times in 48 at-bats. Scored 25 runs to lead the Rockets. Walked 16 times, also tops on the team.
Columbia wrestling recruit looked pretty good on the baseball diamond, helping Lions to the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs after winning five of six down the stretch. Hit .463 during the regular season. In the Lions’ playoff game, an 8-5 loss to West Allegheny, he was 2-for-4 with a home run, double, two RBI and two runs. He also threw out a pair of runners at home.
Though known more for his defense, Miller won four games, two of them complete games, and struck out 30 batters in 50 innings. The California University-bound shortstop hit .419 and led Beth-Center with 19 runs, six doubles and four triples while swiping 12 bases.
Sophomore, Center Field
Besides overseeing California’s wacky dugout demeanor – and trinket toting – Previsky tied for the team lead with 31 RBI and hit .427/.462/.585. He also stole 14 bases to lead the team and scored 24 runs. Had three outfield assists and made just one error in 53 chances.
Spina was an integral part of Washington’s 8-1 start and wound up going 6-3 for the Section 2-AA champion Prexies. Part of a talented group of youngsters that gives Washington a very bright future.
Witzberger did a ton for Fort Cherry – and did it well. Hit .500 with eight extra-base hits; drove in 17 runs and stole eight bases; and struck out just four times in 56 at-bats. Also led with 18 runs. Pitching-wise, the Rangers’ ace won four games – more than half the team’s total – and struck out 39 in 36 innings.