Conference Preview: Pioneer Athletic Conference (PAC-10)



By Jacob Gill
Philadelphia Region Director of Scouting

Pioneer Athletic Conference (PAC-10)

Perennially a league dominated by upperclassmen, the PAC-10 has significantly fewer returning all-conference performers than most other leagues.  However, that does not mean the league itself is bereft of talent.  Expect another highly competitive year, coming off a 2013 season when six teams (all of which finished within three games of first place) had a realistic shot at the title down the stretch.

Returning all-PAC-10 Honorees
1st-team
'14 IF James Bleming, Pope John Paul II (Lehigh)
'14 DH Logan Landis, Phoenixville Area

2nd-team
'14 RHP Jason Hydier, Pottstown
'14 OF Noah Beebe, Owen J Roberts

Honorable Mention
'14 C Glenn Seymour, Methacton (East Stroudsburg)
'14 OF Tim Carfrey, Methacton (Alvernia)
'15 IF Connor Klemann, Spring-Ford (Penn State)
'15 IF Zach Moser, Boyertown Area
'14 IF Chris Kucewicz, Pope John Paul II

Notes from around the PAC-10

  • Klemann is joined in a talented Spring-Ford line-up by '14 OF David Gulati (Villanova), '15 OF Cameron Simmons (Virginia), '15 OF Zack Zoller (originally committed to Temple prior to the announcement of the program being discontinued), and '15 IF Ryan Markey.  '14 RHP Shane Emrich (La Roche) is one of many arms coach Bruce Brobst will have to choose from, as he looks to replace two all-PAC-10 hurlers from last season.
  • A senior-heavy pitching staff that includes RHPs Stephen Muscovitch (Millersville), Kutter Endy (Neumann), Drew Lewis (Chestnut Hill) and Tyler Frazier, plus LHP Sam Murphy, should be a strength for Owen J Roberts.  '14 C David Clay (Neumann) leads a veteran offense for coach Greg Gilbert that also features Beebe and '14 OF Ben Condello (Chestnut Hill).
  • WilliamsonBleming returns to lead a Pope John Paul II team that will be breaking in a new skipper with barely six weeks on the job as of opening day.  Fortunately for coach John Duffy, he welcomes back a veteran pitching staff that will feature '14 RHPs Josh Lafferty (Widener), Evan Myers (Seton Hill), and Trevor O'Brien, along with submarining southpaw closer Dan Zurowski (Misericordia). '14 C Sean Williamson (right) has the pleasure of putting down his fingers for this group.  Two younger players who could have an impact are speedy '15 OF Kyle Miller and '16 2B/C Billy Hitman.
  • Left-handed hitting '15 SS Zach Moser returns to lead Boyertown Area, as the Bears adjust to life without their two rotation stalwarts.
  • Perkiomen Valley graduated all but two players off of its varsity roster from last season and will be relying on its junior class to keep it competitive in the league.  '15s OF/RHP Liam Grande, Util/RHP Tyler Krause, IF/C Chase Koffel, and C/IF John Turner will join '14 IF/OF Matt Kellar as mainstays on coach Ryan Hinkle's line-up card.
  • Anthony'14 RHP/3B Cole Luzins (Susquehanna) and projectable '15 RHP/OF Mike Anthony (right) should feature prominently in Phoenixville Area's success.
  • Pottstown graduated ten seniors (five of whom earned post-season honors), leaving Hydier as the lone returning starter for coach Jeff Evans to pencil into his line-up.
  • Seymour, Carfrey, and '14 IF Austin Bregman (Old Dominion) return to lead a Methacton team that lost six post-season honorees to graduation.

 

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