ShareThis Page
Antone swaps Pitt for Potomac State |

Antone swaps Pitt for Potomac State

| Thursday, August 20, 2009 12:00 a.m

Kiski Area graduate Nate Antone won’t be playing his college baseball at Pitt, after all.

Antone, who verbally committed to the Panthers last winter, signed with Potomac State, a junior college in Keyser, W.Va.

Antone, a 6-foot-5 pitcher/infielder, said he lost touch with Pitt and never felt close to the program.

“We weren’t communicating,” he said. “They really never let me know what I had to do, and I didn’t have a backup plan. They didn’t let me know what was going on and didn’t return my calls. After a while, I had to do something else.”

Antone said he also didn’t pass a written test for Division I players, but failed by “.04 points.”

Last season with Kiski Area, Antone hit .404 with six home runs and 21 RBI. He was 4-1 with a 2.88 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 411/3 innings.

Antone could get drafted by the time he becomes a college junior. He was on Major League draft boards in June, but he never got a call. He said he heard that teams backed off him because they believed he isn’t interested in pitching at the next level.

Antone said he’d like to play third base or shortstop, but he isn’t ruling out pitching.

Categories: News
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.