Pitt Recruit from Ford City Keeps Priorities in Order

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Pitt Recruit from Ford City Keeps Priorities in Order


West, William, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Though they played for rival baseball teams throughout their high school careers, Ford City senior Dylan Wolsonovich and Burrell senior Dave Yakopec spent a portion of the past year hanging out together and talking about their futures with the Pitt baseball team. Last November, both signed letters of intent to play for the Panthers.

However, with less than two weeks left in the WPIAL regular season and his team in jeopardy of missing the Class AA playoffs, Wolsonovich isn't that interested in chatting about his long-term baseball future with Yakopec -- or anyone else.

"I can't wait to get (to Pitt) and get started, but I have to remain focused on the season because we still have a task," Wolsonovich said.

Fab Four

Four WPIAL seniors plan to play at Pitt next season:

Name

School

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Justin Bianco

Peters Township

OF

6-0

175

Matt Rubino

Hopewell

C/3B

5-10

180

Dylan Wolsonovich

Ford City

SS/2B

5-8

152

Dave Yakopec

Burrell

P/OF

6-4

185

Source: West Penn Baseball Prospects

The Sabers' shortstop checks in with Yakopec and other Section 3- AA competitors to find out if Ford City's position in the standings - - currently forth -- has improved. Ford City (5-4, 3-4) must finish in the top three to earn a postseason berth. However, the teams ahead of the Sabers -- Burrell, Freeport and Deer Lakes -- hold head- to-head tiebreakers.

Credit Wolsonovich for doing his part to keep Ford City in the mix. As of Thursday, the senior had a .652 batting average, a slugging percentage of 1.000 and a .758 on-base percentage. As the third batter in Ford City's order, he drove in 16 runs and scored 10 times. …

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