Monday, July 14, 2014

Peters Township grad excels in NYCBL

Zach Verner
Peters Township graduate Zach Verner, who is currently a sophomore at John Carroll University, is playing in the New York Collegiate Baseball League this summer.

Verner has made 16 appearances for the Niagra Power. He has tossed 17.2 innings for the Power with a stellar 1.01 ERA, nine saves and a 21-10 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The right-hander recently played for the Western Team in the NYCBL All-Star game where he earned the save.

Verner, who is a relief pitcher for John Carroll's baseball team, is not the first PT grad to play in the league. Mike Bittel pitched in the league last year and like Verner, was selected the all-star game.

As a sophomore this spring, he only appeared in three games while recording a 0-1 record in six innings pitched, but he was the Blue Streak’s closer in 2013.

As a freshman, Verner appeared in 15 games and led the team with three saves, posted the second-lowest ERA on the team at 2.14 and did not allow an earned run in 12 of 15 appearances.

At Peters Township, he was a three-year letter winner and captain of the 2012 Indians. Verner was a junior on Joe Maize's team that was a WPIAL runner up in 2011.

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