Gingrich named PSUAC Player of the Year
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org, Staff Writer
For some players, hitting three home runs and driving in nine runs is a season’s worth of production.
Skylar Gingrich, a 2008 Warwick grad, did that in one doubleheader this season while hitting cleanup for Pennsylvania College of Technology. He ended up 6-for-8 while also scoring three runs as the Wildcats split a twinbill against Penn State-Brandywine.
"That’s when I broke out," Gingrich said, "and kinda stole all the batting categories in the league."
Gingrich, in his fourth and final year of eligibility, never looked back from there, as he finished the season leading the Penn State University Athletic Conference in batting average (.443), RBI’s (53) and home runs (8), leading PCT to a 23-14 record.
His performance earned him Conference Player of the Year honors and First-Team All-Star accolades for the second straight year.
"The First-Team All-Conference was cool — it’s always good to be back up there again, but the Player of the Year is huge because we have eight teams in our conference, so to be chosen as the one player out of eight rosters is pretty honorable," said Gingrich, who also received All-American recognition in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).
Gingrich began his career at Pennsylvania College of Technology as a pitcher/first baseman. But following an elbow injury early in his junior season, he played solely at first base for the Cougars.
As a senior veteran for PCT this spring, his knowledge of the league played a key role in the monster numbers that he compiled for the Wildcats.
"I think just being around the league long enough (was a factor)," said Gingrich, who also ranked first in the USCAA in RBI’s and slugging percentage, second in triples, fourth in batting average and home runs, sixth in fielding percentage, and 16th in hits. "You got to know how some of the teams played and I had a solid crew of seniors with me too that helped out."
Gingrich is planning to graduate from PCT in May, 2013 with a major in building construction management. Until then, he is playing for the Lititz Phillies in the Quad-County Twilight League and is hoping to be an assistant coach with the Wildcats’ baseball team next spring. More GINGRICH, page B-4