Four Steele senior baseball players signed on the dotted line Nov. 8 to continue their days on the diamond in college — two at Division I schools.
Ryan Glowacki will take the field at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Evan Shawver at the University of Cincinnati, Anthony Berrios at Lake Erie College, and Hunter Cassidy at Tiffin University.
Over his Comets career, Glowacki has hit .287 with 33 runs scored, 10 doubles, one triple, two home runs, and 37 runs batted in. Last season, he earned a first team spot in both Lorain County and the Southwestern Conference.
“Since sophomore year when I first got the opportunity to play varsity, my first focus was defense and the hitting just kind of came along,” he said. “Coach (Matt) Rositano gave me a chance to start. Since then, he’s gotten more comfortable with me at shortstop and depended on me to be a defensive leader.”
Rositano, Steele varsity coach since 2013, said all signees’ growth as players and people has been drastic over the past three seasons.
“This is a testament to the hard work they put in,” he said. “They come in the program as freshman and see the older guys that have signed and gone on to bigger and better things. Now they’re in that position with the pen in their hands. It’s great for them and it’s great for the younger guys now to see it. Then in three years the young guys will be in this position again.”
Shawver has hit .313 for Amherst with 46 runs scores, 14 doubles, three home runs, 36 RBIs, and 18 stolen bases. On the pitcher’s mound, he’s accumulated a 13-7 record with 194 strikeouts and a 1.08 earned run average in 27 appearances. His career strikeout total is the all-time record at Steele as is his single-season total from last year — 92.
He’s been named to the All-Lorain County first team three times, All-SWC first team once, and All-SWC second team twice. Last season, he earned All-Northeast Ohio first team and All-Ohio second team honors.
“The constant workouts that we do, even in the off-season, help us stick together as a team,” Shawver said. “If someone needs a ride to a practice there’s always someone else willing to help. I just want to enjoy this season and help us go further than we did last year. Then I’ll worry about how I can help Cincinnati.”
Last season, Berrios held opposing batters to a .185 batting average and is a two-year varsity letter winner.
“There’s been so much talent that’s come through here and taught me a lot,” he said. “They’ve shown me what the expectations are and what needs to be done every year. My parents and coaches have pushed me a lot too. I want to play professional baseball if the chance comes up but I’m going to study criminal justice in college.”
Cassidy has earned five varsity letters as he’s hit .261 with 47 hits and 43 runs scored over his Steele career.
“I’ve grown really close to this team,” he said. “I’ve been around since freshman year, so I’ve had a lot of time to get to know everyone. We’re all looking to this season coming up as something special. We should’ve went farther last year but sometimes you come up short.”
The foursome and teammates will try to help Amherst Steele baseball improve on last season’s 23-6 record and district runner-up finish.
Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.