Sophomore Spotlight: SS/2B Corbin Kessler

By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

Success on the baseball diamond and on the football gridiron have become old hat for the Seneca Valley Blue Raiders. A Class AAAA member of the WPIAL, Seneca Valley has gone 27-7 in football and 57-19 in baseball over the past three seasons. The baseball program has won two WPIAL championships in that time period and lost in the WPIAL title game last year. The baseball program has become a pipeline for college baseball players with recent graduates Austin Bream (2012, Liberty), Sam Fragale (2013, Virginia Tech), Brad Gresock (2013, St. Bonaventure), Matthew Smith (2012, Georgetown) and Zach Spangler (Kent State) all moving on to Division I programs.

Corbin KesslerWhat is not common in the recent success in both sports at the school located in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh is for a sophomore to make an impact in both sports. SS/2B Corbin Kessler has his sights however on doing just that. The 6-foot, 170-pound two-sport athlete was named honorable mention all-conference in football this fall where he was a two way starter at defensive back and wide receiver. Kessler was among the teams leading tacklers and averaged 21 yards per catch on offense.

Kessler has grown two inches and put on 15 pounds in the past year, and will be vying for a starting spot in the infield when baseball practices officially begin in six weeks. Ranked No. 29 in the PA Class of 2016, Kessler was named the MVP of the White team last July at the PA Underclass Games at Misericordia University. The talented sophomore went 4-for-6 at the plate in game action, including a double and a triple.

Kessler appears primed to step into a contributing role this spring following a strong showing for the Seneca Valley Palomino team last summer in the West Penn Elite Baseball League. Although one of the younger players in the league, Kessler hit .306 and fielded at a .970 clip. This summer he will take his talents to the Youngstown Class "B" League where he will play as a member of the Astro Falcons.

Kessler will be attempting to follow in the footsteps of his brother Carson, a current freshman playing baseball at Slippery Rock University. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound infielder, also played both sports while at Seneca Valley.

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