Martella’s Pharmacy manager Chris Pfeil took a Renegade approach to his three pick-up selections for the 69th AAABA Tournament.
Pfeil used three Berkley Hills Renegades players to bolster his offense, add some speed and shore up his defense and pitching on Tuesday.
The Johnstown playoff runner-up added second baseman Dylin Brooks, pitcher Zachary DeTillio and shortstop Ricky Jones, who earned the local league’s Ken Horoho Award as top rookie position player.
“We’re adding more guys to do multiple things,” Pfeil said. “We added two infielders that hit well. We’ve had solid pitching most of the season. We felt to add one pitcher would help with our depth.
“We felt we needed some offensive punch. Both of these guys (Brooks and Jones) run very well and fit into the type of game that we play.”
Brooks batted .360 (36-for-100) and scored 30 runs for the Renegades during the regular season. He plays collegiately at Pitt-Greensburg.
“Dylin is a versatile athlete,” said Pfeil, whose team will play the afternoon games at Point Stadium on Monday and Tuesday. “He had a great season at the plate.
“He hit close to .400. He’s just a tough out. He only struck out three times all year. He gets the ball in play and runs very well,” Pfeil added. “He’s been in the league for three years and he brings some tournament experience. We felt it was important to get a guy in there who can run and move on the bases as well.”
Jones had a .367 average (40-for-109) with 25 runs scored and 19 RBI.
He and DeTillio both play at IUP.
“Getting Ricky is another great option for us because he can play anywhere in the infield,” Pfeil said. “He was even used in the closer role for the Renegades.
“He hit very well during the season. He’s going to add some punch in the middle of the order. We struggled at the plate with runners on base, and we feel he’s the type of guy who can drive in some runs.”
DeTillio had a 4-1 record and 3.79 earned run average in 272⁄3 innings pitched.
The right-hander struck out 17 and walked 14.
“We didn’t see Zach during the regular season. He came in relief against us in the playoffs,” Pfeil said. “He throws hard. We were very impressed with how sharp his breaking ball is. We feel he can be another guy to give us starts or he could come out of the bullpen for us.”
Pfeil said Martella’s roster is at 20. The manager and his coaching staff opted to use only three of the available four pick-up selections.
“We’re comfortable with where we’re at,” Pfeil said.
Regular-season and playoff champion Delweld made its pick-ups on Monday night.
Manager Chris DelSignore added outfielder Nate Campbell and left-handed pitcher Nate Spohn, both of the Renegades; and right-handed pitchers Chris Nolan and Ryan Bills of Laurel Auto Group.