Preseason Preview: Mt. Pleasant HS (District 7)



By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

MellorsThe Mt. Pleasant Vikings went 13-8 in 2012 finishing in 3rd place in their section of the WPIAL behind Belle Vernon. The Vikings return seven starters from last season and four pitchers who saw varsity action. Head Coach Tom Hudzema feels that his team's depth and athleticism will be keys to success in 2013. Hudzema will be looking for his team to mature as the season goes along and hopes that some of the returning starter will emerge as team leaders to guide the Vikings on their quest for a state playoff berth.

Following is a look at some of the Vikings who should make an impact on the success of this season and for years to come.

Class of 2013:

  • RHP/OF Joey Paul - 5'11", 185-pound senior hit .286 in limited varsity action in 2012.

Class of 2014:

  • RHP/SS/2B Tyler Mellors - 5'9", 175-pound junior who hit .361 with 18 runs scored last season.
  • OF/RHP Mitch Matlas - 6'1", 175-pound right-handed hitter who hit .329 and drove in 19 runs in 2012.
  • C/RHP Marcus Malara - 6'3", 215-pound backstop hit .361 a year ago.
  • 3B Luke Liprando - 6'2", 195-pound infielder who will see and increased roll in 2013.

Underclassmen:

  • SS/RHP Nathan Pieszak - 6'0", 180-pound sophomore who will see his first varsity action this season.
  • RHP/C/IF Jake Adamrovich and IF Jeremy Paul are two freshman who show promise and should make an impact in future years.

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