The 2016-2017 was one of the club's best years. A Final Four finish in the NCBA World Series is a feat many have yet to encounter. This unbelievable finish would not be real without these guys. After quickly falling to a 1-2 record in the beginning of the season, many counted us down for the count. After a productive and emotional team meeting in November, our Seniors took a stand to reiterate the importance of dedication and passion for the game we've played for years. These men have served their duty as great role models and even better friends. Although they may be Alumni, the bond we have with them is everlasting. Through a clouded and discouraged atmosphere, these men took a stand and rallied our guys and turned our magical season into what it was. These are their stories:
Head Coach - Christopher Brewi
Taking on the role of Skipper is no easy task. Chris was an assistant coach for the Division II squad for his career until the 2015-2016 season where his leadership skills (and facial hair skills) put him on the top of the lineup card. Demanding timeliness, hard work, and compassion from all of us, Chris taught us some of the most important skills we need in order to be successful at both the game of baseball, and the game of life...and for that we Thank You.
Assistant Coach - Matthew Cavorsi
By far one of the smartest dudes to ever wear a PSBC jersey, Matt was a essential for success. Although his fungo skills were lacking in the beginning he reassured every one he would come around to the daunting task of hitting flyballs; that he did. Serving as a role model in the classroom he maintained a stellar GPA while attending almost all PSBC events. His pitch counting skills are #UnRivaled and he has now the world record for world's strongest thumb. Matt, we thank you.
Pitching Coach - Michael Scaringelli
Mike "Scary" was a great addition to the club not only as an authoritative figure, but also a great friend and mentor. After hearing from his roommate and starting pitcher Michael Dunlap how dope this club was, he decided to take a crack at it for himself and buried himself into the life of bullpen coach. Demanding self-confidence and body recuperation, Mike transformed our pitching staff into a Mean (and Green) throwing machine. While doing so, he forever cemented #WelcomeToMoes after every opposing strikeout, which is obviously what we are most thankful for.
P - #2 Matthew McCarthy
Words cannot describe how important you were to the team's success in the past 2 years. Club President is a daunting and challenging task that many fear doing. You executed office with precision and demand going down as a very successful Prez. Making close ties with Club Sports personnel allowed us for indoor practice time at a regular time (of course at a time when they let you know so you can let us know). His love of his changeup was a little odd but man, did he throw it well. As a constant starter in the top 3 rotation on weekend series he kept hitters off balance with both his changeup and his obnoxious humming of the Chainsmoker's song, Closer. Seeing that you're not washed up yet and are attending Graduate school in R-Kansas, we wish you luck in both your studies and the hunt for that woman who loves changeups and Closer as much as you.
INF - #6 Thomas Williams
After being called up to Division I for his senior season, T-Will had high expectations to lock down the middle infield and he did so with flying colors. Playing on Teener was hard enough but at Shortstop you rarely made an error we would assume by constantly thinking of Drake. A threat at the bottom of the lineup and a fielder that always had a pitcher's back, Tommy was an irreplaceable asset to the PSBC, and we thank him.
1B/DH - #9 Joshua Castro
We're not sure what we're going to miss more, your constant babble about cigars or your uncanny jokes in games and practices. Josh was feared at the dish for the size of his biceps were those of watermelon and his extra tight undershirts. He too was brought up to Division I for his senior season and served as a powerful asset to the lineup. He represented NAFTA in a professional manner and his sarcastic remarks could always put a smile on someone's face, and for that Josh we thank you.
P - #12 Michael Dunlap
Mike joined the squad after a successful two years at Penn State Abington and continued that success for the PSBC. Automatically being given the Ace spot in the rotation, Mike kept his head down and went to work. In his rookie season he earned Team Cy Young for that year's best and most reliable pitcher. #Halping anyone who needed extra advice on their vehicle (seeing he drove a new one almost every week) or needed a friend's advice, Mike was always there with his nice hair; thank you Mike.
INF - #14 Joseph Picard
Earning the name Joey Bats did not come as an easy nickname. Serving as one of our deadliest hitters, Joe was a necessary lineup addition. Leading the team by example with his love and respect for the game, Joe fulfilled his duty as role model. Although he stressed tough love, he did so to improve your game and he had your back no matter the circumstance. The PSBC would not have the name it has without his skill or his hosting abilities, thanks Joe.
C - #18 Derek Brady
Derek's love of the Cardinals and his Audi showed the guys what true love really was. Being the first to stand at our team meeting, he promised he would put the team first in his senior season and asked the rest to follow suit. In that moment, Derek put the final turn in the club's attitude for success. Also, always being there for a bullpen from a pitcher who wanted to get work in, Derek did so without a complaint. We thank you for this, Derek.
INF - #21 Cooper Redding
Where do we begin man? A good start would probably be how amazing it was your survived every season without combusting into a pile of dust...old man. At 23 years old, Cooper served as an elder to the team and led by example through his immense baseball knowledge and constant mis-paired socks. He showed grit through dozens of injuries (some clumsily-self-inflicted) and by dozens of Hit-By-Pitches (he may lead the league in career HBPs). As constant entertainment both on and off the field, Cooper gave the team a laugh whenever it was needed, and for that we thank him.
OF - #24 Ryan Hooven
Majoring in baseball and playing Accounting, Ryan may be one of few people who kept this club from sinking. Serving as Treasurer, he made sure to keep tabs on each guy ensuring that no pay = no play. We're astonished he did not take any funds and contribute them to update his Bruce Springsteen wardrobe. "HOOOOOV" always came to play and did his job as both a baseball player and financial advisor, thanks Ryan.
OF - #27 Tanner Witter
Earning this year's MVP was not the only thing Tanner accomplished in his senior season. He channeled his inner corgi and played with strong emotions every game and every practice, making sure to put 100% in his last days of playing the game he loved. This was acknowledged by the team and the younger guys look forward to do the same. Although Doges will be Doges, there will be only one Doge of the PSBC, and Tanner is it; we thank you Tanner.
P - #31 Jonathan Neseth
A fun fact about Jon; he is the only known PSBC Alumni to confidently throw a rising fastball and wear bathing suit chubbies in any setting. Jon served as a dangerous reliever for his glove shake always threw batters off guard. Jon also spoke to the team when it meant most. He stressed how important each guy was to one another, and to him. He reiterated many times how thankful we need to be to be able to play on such a prestigious team but now we thank him for his burning passion and respect; thanks Jon.
OF - #33 Sean Fitzgerald
Not only did you look like a tree trunk in the batter's box, you also served as a legalized weapon in right field. Sean served 3 years to this club in sheer power and Australian accents. Although he didn't say much, he meant to serve as a team elder and role model for his skills determined others to strive to get better. As they say down unda, thanks Sean.
P - #34 CJ Stiles
CJ was one of the club's important guys in the bullpen. He came into every scenario with a fearless attitude and a hungry appetite for success. Although batter's struggled against him, mirrors were an astounding 0-The Century against Stiles. A classic country boy, CJ expressed how important it is to embrace every second of every game seeing that it's the game we fell in love with. His friendship with Ziefel, although a little weird, is one that is an example how important friendship is to us and for that, we thank you.
DH/3B - #44 Tyler Yazujian
Tyler served as a great PSBC slugger and the Penn State Football Team starting Long-Snapper. He learned many things in his football career at the greatest school in the B1G; self-reliance, resilience, teamwork, and leadership. These 4 and many others are what Tyler brought to this club and without him we would be lacking. Always picking anyone up when they're down is something he did best and reassuring everyone that Specialists ARE people, too. Thank you Tyler.