The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

June 30, 2013

CORY ISENBERG | Rare double duty for Cernic’s Bizjak

JOHNSTOWN — Hunter Bizjak has been doing double duty thus far this baseball season.

The infielder has been playing for FX in the Highland Pony League, but Bizjak, who just turned age 15 on June 15, has also been starting for Cernic’s manager Eron Callahan in the Cambria American Legion League.

Bizjak’s father, Rich, said his son has been having a great time this summer.

“It’s a great opportunity for him to get to play with some of the older kids from the area in Legion ball,” Rich Bizjak said. “It’s giving him a chance to play with some of the elite players from each area.”

On the FX squad, Hunter Bizjak is at the top of the age limit.

“When he started in Pony, he did his time and worked his way up,” the elder Bizjak said. “I think in Pony, he is at his peak.”

On the Cernic’s squad, Hunter Bizjak is joined by a fellow 15-year-old as well as a close friend in Cody Gill, who played for Conemaugh Valley High School. Next spring as sophomores, Hunter and Cody will be teammates with the Blue Jays.

“The two of them have been playing together since instructional league,” Rich Bizjak said. “Jason Naugle is his coach on the FX team and he’s Cody’s stepfather.”

According to the league statistics, Hunter is currently the second-leading hitter for Cernic’s behind Blacklick Valley-product Johnny Sheesley.

He has also grown quite comfortable playing infield for Cernic’s

“When they were playing for Cernic’s, Cody and Hunter have been pretty good at turning double plays,” Rich Bizjak said.

It will definitely be a summer to remember for Hunter Bizjak.

Latest statistics: According to the most updated Cambria Legion statistics with 10 of 12 teams reporting, Patton’s Dom Milanesi has the best batting average in the league. In 20 games played, Milanesi is batting .522.

Bedford’s Isaac Kline is second (.500) with Adam Polites of Patton third (.485). Isaac Stern and Kody Blevins, both of Bedford, round out the top five with .469 and .452, respectively.

Bedford’s Ty Black is the RBI leader with 23 followed by Polites (14), Stern (14), Kyle Droz of Bedford (13) and Patton’s Josh Bonatesta (12).

Among the league’s pitchers with at least 18 innings thrown, Droz holds the top spot with an earned run average of 0.37 followed by Patton’s Andrew Brawley (0.78) and Brandon Fox (1.00).

Ryan Orlovsky of Richland (1.33) and Troy Templeton of Ebensburg (1.91) round out the top five.

Fox holds the top spot in both wins and strikeouts with five and 42, respectively.

In the wins category, Portage’s Bailey Kerch and Orlovsky both have four.

Cory Isenberg is a sports writer for The Tribune-Democrat