High School Sports

High School Baseball Preview: Philipsburg-Osceola preview

Coach: Doug Sankey

Assistants: Jeremy Potter

Last year: 19-6

Key losses: Mike Marcinko, Robbie Smith, Parker Watson, Cody Lee, Matt Kephart, Hunter Harris, Logan Walstrom

Key returnees: Taylor Golemboski, Matt Carpin, Andrew Greenawalt, Caleb Pepperday, Tanner Lamb, Cody Ammerman, Nick Gray

Key newcomers: Aaron Mason, Curtis Matsko, John Harpster, Travis Arnold, Mitch Winters, Tanner Wilson, Derek Shaw, Chris Godissart

The Skinny: Pitching will be a strength for Philipsburg-Osceola this season. The Mounties return with ace hurler Mark Curtis. The senior went 8-1 last season with a 3.22 ERA. If P-O wants to have another strong season the team must replace the leadership and skills of Mike Marcinko, who now plays shortstop at Shippensburg, and Parker Watson, who now pitches at Lock Haven.

Coach Sankey says: “Our top hitter returning was Andrew Greenawalt, but we lost him to a knee injury in wrestling. So, Mark Curtis is our top hitter and pitcher returning. Offensively, he hit .296 21 hits, 20 runs, 23 RBI. Pitching, he was All-state. Mark struck out 63 in 63 innings pitched. He is a power pitcher, good velocity and a strong curveball. Hitting, he is a line-drive hitter. We are concerned about our loss of senior leadership. We lost Mike Marcinko who is the starting shortstop at Shippensburg and Parker Watson, starting pitcher at Lock Haven, along with four other starters. Strengths are our pitchers. Besides Mark, we return Caleb Pepperday and Tanner Lamb. Our outfield is also back with Matt Carpin, Taylor Golemboski, and Pepperday.”