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June 26, 2013

MIKE MASTOVICH| Martella's right-hander a zero specialist

JOHNSTOWN — Zero has been Mike Mulvey’s number throughout the AAABA League season.

Zero, as in runs scored against the big Martella’s Pharmacy right-hander.

Mulvey tossed his fourth shutout of the season and remained perfect in five decisions during a 1-0 victory over Altoona’s Johnston Realty on Tuesday night at Point Stadium. Johnston Realty had been undefeated in four previous interleague games prior to the rain-shortened, six-inning contest.

 “This is his third year with us,” Martella’s Pharmacy manager Chris Pfeil said. “All he does is come out and pound the strike zone. He moves the ball in and out. He’s just a winner on the mound. He’s not the type of guy who’s going to hit the 90s on the gun. But he knows when to blow it past somebody.”

Mulvey (5-0) has allowed only three earned runs in 32 innings pitched. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Marietta College product has 27 strikeouts and five walks.

His season started with a 9-0 shutout against First Commonwealth. The defending champion Berkley Hills Renegades scored three runs against him in his second start, but Martella’s won 6-3.

Shutouts against Laurel Auto Group (8-0), Ophthalmic Associates (4-0) and Johnston Realty followed.

“I couldn’t ask for a better situation than being here with this organization,” Mulvey said. “It’s professional from top to bottom. They do a good job of getting good players every year. I’ve been fortunate to be here.”

Martella’s is fortunate to have him.

The Pharmacy added Mulvey to its roster via the waiver wire during the 2011 season. He began that spring playing for the Renegades.

“I thought I had a chance of being picked up by another team,” Mulvey said of his release. “It was the next day when I got a call from Digger (Pfeil). I went down to the field and got acquainted with the guys. And, here we are today.”

Mulvey has appeared in three AAABA Tournaments.

He’s developed a rapport with veteran Martella’s catcher Pat Gully.

“Pat is definitely one of the best catchers I’ve had,” said Mulvey, a North Catholic High School grad. “He’s definitely a good mind back there. He calls all the pitches. Him and I have become very close the past three years.”

Mulvey’s a big-game pitcher with plenty of college experience. His career record at Marietta was 15-3, and he was on two NCAA Division III College World Series winning teams.

“Mike’s key is his spotting his pitches,” Pfeil said. “He really doesn’t leave things over the middle of the plate. He’ll work the outside corner and he has the ability to bust guys in. His whole game on the mound is his location and how he spots pitches.”

Mulvey recently concluded his career at Marietta. He tested the independent pro market by trying out for the Washington Wild Things in the Frontier League.

“I’d like to play as long as I can,” he said. “We’ll see how that goes.”

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