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May 15, 2013

College players dominate Point nominations

JOHNSTOWN — Pitt-Johnstown junior Jake Warner was perfect and extremely productive at the plate while earning the first two monthly nominations for the 2013 Point Stadium Award in February and March.

Mount Aloysius sophomore Derrick Capiak nearly reached perfection to take the April nomination.

n Warner, a second baseman and right fielder, went 3-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored in UPJ’s 12-6 victory over Clarion on Feb. 25. Warner had two doubles and drew a walk.

n Warner didn’t slow down the next month, as the Mountain Cats standout went 5-for-5 with four RBI, three runs scored, a double and a triple in a 13-7 victory over Seton Hill on March 29.

n Capiak, a sophomore right-handed pitcher, had his bid for a perfect game broken up with two outs in the sixth inning of a seven-inning contest. He finished with a one-hitter in a 4-0 shutout win over Penn State-Altoona. Capiak struck out nine batters and only allowed one runner to reach base.

UPJ senior outfielder Drew Ebersole took the Point Stadium Play of the Month in March with his towering solo home run March 29 against Seton Hill.

Ebersole led off the bottom of the sixth with a homer that cleared the right-field wall near the 395-foot mark. The ball went over vans parked next to the AAABA Hall of Fame building and landed in the walkway near the entrance. The blast sparked a five-run inning.

Mountain Cats junior catcher Kyle Morrow earned Play of the Month in April in dramatic fashion. With UPJ down to it’s final out and last strike, Morrow delivered a walk-off, three-run homer over the left-field screen as UPJ came back to beat Shepherd 6-4 and give Cats coach Todd Williams his 400th career win with UPJ.

Morrow fell behind in the count 1-2 but guessed correctly that the opposing pitcher would throw him a slider. He put the ball onto Johns Street and gave UPJ a milestone victory.

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