Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Prexies Coach Issues Call to Arms Pitching Concerns Temper Peton's Enthusiasm

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Prexies Coach Issues Call to Arms Pitching Concerns Temper Peton's Enthusiasm

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With a number of returning starters and some exciting offensive and defensive players on hand, Washington coach Bob Peton believes the Little Prexies will do just fine this baseball season.

But he has not seen enough of them to offer much of an opinion.

Through three games, Washington was 2-1 overall and 1-0 in Section 1-AA.

The Little Prexies were pounded by Class A California, then whacked Class A Beth-Center and section rival Waynesburg Central in succession.

"It's hard to tell what we really have," said Peton, who is in his 31st season at the helm. "We have a lot of people back, but we just don't have the overall pitching. Our season will boil down to pitching. I think we have a nice defensive team and some pretty good hitters."

The win against the Raiders was the 350th in Peton's career.

Washington has qualified for the playoffs the past three seasons and will have to overcome pitching-rich Brownsville and challenges from McGuffey and South Fayette for the two postseason berths in the section.

The Little Prexies rely heavily on senior Dom Winters, their top pitcher and starting shortstop.

Peton has seen some signs that sophomore Bobby Hansen might help the pitching staff.

Peton will count on seniors Jimmy Prosser, a four-year starter in center; John Baker, an infielder-pitcher; and Tony Belcastro, an outfielder, to provide leadership.

Washington's lineup also features some emerging talent. Junior Derek Behrens is playing first base while sophomore Kyle Winters is catching. Sophomore Drew Presto is pressing for time at shortstop, but can play anywhere in the infield.

Sophomore Alex Evans also is challenging for time at third base and junior Zach Zebrasky is competing in right field. Senior Logan Wade rounds out the pitching staff.

"Dom's a dominant force for us right now," Peton said. "He was hitting .500 with eight runs batted in and two home runs in our first two games. He really looks good."

Peton is high on Presto and Evans, whom he said are pushing veterans for time in the infield. He also said his outfield is solid.

"All of them can run and get after the ball," Peton said. …

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