Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Season Has Been Dynamic for Springdale

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Season Has Been Dynamic for Springdale

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Austin Tocco isn't one to settle.

Neither are Caleb Whelan, Matt Weber and Joe Killian.

It's likely that no one, in fact, in the Springdale baseball team's lineup will grow up to be the type of negotiator willing to accept the first offer.

These Dynamos are willing to wait it out until they get what they want.

Springdale is off to a 9-2 start to the season and was perfect through seven Section 4-A games heading into a home game Wednesday against Elderton. The Dynamos had scored 74 runs during an eight- game winning streak heading into that contest (an average of 9.25 per game), and discipline at the plate was a primary reason why.

"Coach [Randy Eaton] is really big on working the count and waiting for your pitch and not helping the pitcher out," said Whelan, a senior who bats second in the Dynamos' order. "We're all real big on waiting for our pitch and not letting the pitcher make us hit his pitch."

Six regulars in the Springdale lineup have an on-base percentage of at least .467, according to Eaton. The hitters in the Nos. 2-5 spots in the order each have an on-base percentage of .520 or better.

"We definitely do a great job at getting on base," said Killian, a senior shortstop who hits cleanup. "Everybody's doing their job of working the count and getting on base, and most of us can do a great job stealing bases. We've been getting people on and getting them into scoring position and generating runs as a result of that."

Springdale is emerging as one of the top teams in WPIAL Class A for any number of reasons -- the Dynamos pitching staff had a 1.75 ERA, for example, through nine games. But their offense is producing due to its ability to get people on base and around the basepaths.

Tocco, a junior right fielder, kick-starts things from the leadoff spot with what Eaton said is a .467 on-base percentage.

"He's seeing a lot of pitches and is giving the guys who hit behind him RBI opportunities," Eaton said, "which is what you want, of course, from your leadoff guy. …

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