Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Riverview's Malky Commits to Akron

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Riverview's Malky Commits to Akron

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When Riverview High School coach Rich Griser went to the WPIAL baseball showcase in June, he thought he knew what to expect from his pitcher Anthony Malky.

Having just completed his junior season, Malky had been consistently throwing his fastball in the mid-80s mph range. That would have been impressive enough for a player with one more year of high school seasoning to go, but Malky kicked it up a notch under the spotlight of the showcase.

"I didn't even expect that when I saw 89 and a couple of times he hit 90," Griser said. "Almost every pitch he was throwing 88 or 89, right there. His changeup was working real well.

"My goodness, his first big stage -- he picked a good time to step up."

Malky spent the summer visiting colleges and showcases, weighing a number of scholarship offers. Last month, he gave his verbal commitment to the University of Akron.

"It was definitely a big weight off my shoulders once I committed," he said.

Malky said he chose the Zips for a number of reasons, including proximity to his home in Oakmont, the school's facilities and the coaching staff, specifically pitching coach Matt Ford, who pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2003.

Perhaps the biggest factor, though, was the chance Malky will get to contribute as soon as he steps on campus. The Zips will almost certainly use Malky out of the bullpen, and he may even have a decent shot at starting.

"That was a huge part," he said. "I can come in and I'm going to have a chance to work into the stating rotation. I'm definitely going to be pitching."

Now that he has the recruiting process wrapped up, Malky is already anxious to begin focusing on Riverview's 2013 season.

Last year, the Raiders went 11-8, 5-7 in Class AA Section 4. Malky went 6-2 with 85 strikeouts, fourth-most in the WPIAL. According to Griser, he had a 0.94 ERA and 0.76 WHIP. …

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