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Daily News area standouts sign letters of intent

South Allegheny senior Seth Hitchens, who needs 24 victories to become the third wrestler in school history to reach 100 for a career, signed a letter of intent to attend Division II Pitt-Johnstown.

He is among a group of high school athletes from the Daily News region who recently announced their college commitments.

West Mifflin baseball player Zach Salmon (Division II Alderson-Broaddus) and Titans softball players Lauren Ackerman (UPJ) and Shannon Davis (NAIA Point Park) also signed letters of intent.

In addition, Steel Valley senior pitcher Brandon Donovan signed with Division I Radford.

Donovan, the Daily News Player of the Year for 2014, helped lead the Ironmen to the WPIAL Class AA championship last spring, has a 13-2 overall record.

Last year, he was 7-0 with a 1.50 ERA with five complete games and struck out 78 in 47 innings while hitting .478 with 37 RBIs.

Hitchens, who wrestles at 220 pounds, has compiled a three-year record of 76-38 at South Allegheny.

Hitchens, who also plays football, is a three-time WPIAL qualifier and three-time PIAA Southwest Region qualifier, advancing to the 2014 PIAA championships in Hershey, where he dropped early-round decisions to Cole Rickert of Reynolds, 5-2, and Sam McCollum of Bermudian Springs, 6-2.

Salmon, a right-handed pitcher/third baseman for the West Mifflin baseball team, posted a 5-2 record with 42 strikeouts in 41 innings as a junior. He was the starting pitcher in five postseason games in 2014 as West Mifflin posted a 16-5 record, losing to Erie Cathedral Prep in the PIAA playoffs.

Ackerman, a second baseman for the West Mifflin softball team, batted .304 with one home run and 14 RBIs as a junior, while Davis, a left fielder, produced one homer and seven RBIs as a junior.


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