Kingston stand­out to play for Siena

Kingston stand­out, Freeman Pitcher of the Year Avery Short signs let­ter of in­tent to at­tend Siena

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Stribl mstribl@free­manon­line.com @MStribl on Twit­ter

The Freeman’s Pitcher of the Year will now be pitch­ing at the top level of col­le­giate ball — Divi­sion I.

Kingston High’s Avery Short signed his Na­tional Let­ter of In­tent last week to at­tend Siena Col­lege next year.

Short was part of a tri­umvi­rate of pitch­ers that led the Tigers to the Sec­tion 9, Class AA cham­pi­onship. Fel­low hurlers Jef­fery Hayner and Tyler Kelder also signed last week to play D-I at Ni­a­gara Univer­sity and St. Bon­aven­ture, re­spec­tively.

Siena no­ticed Short dur­ing the sum­mer while he was play­ing for the Ta­conic Rangers travel team that Kelder is also on.

“They came to a few tour­na­ments. They called me one morn­ing and said they were very in­ter­ested. I went on a visit that week­end. I loved the school, loved the coaches,” said Short, who was taken by the Albany cam­pus.

“It was close. It was a beau­ti­ful cam­pus. Ev­ery­thing about it I liked. They had the ma­jor I wanted,” said Short, who will at­tend Siena’s School of Busi­ness.

“They gave us an of­fer and it was good. I couldn’t refuse it. I took some time to think about it.

I picked Siena and I’m glad I did. I made the de­ci­sion and now I’m a Saint.”

Short posted a 6-1 record with a 0.39 earned run av­er­age for Kingston. He al­lowed just six runs (three earned) and 26 hits in 53.1 in­nings. Op­po­nents bat­ted only .138 against the righthander in his ju­nior sea­son.

He struck out 55 in the 53 in­nings while is­su­ing just eight bases on balls.

Along with Siena, he also re­ceived of­fers from Man­hat­tan and Sacred Heart, where older brother Zack at­tended. Zack was a ju­nior in­fielder at Sacred Heart in June when he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 17th round of the MLB Am­a­teur Draft.

This sum­mer, he played with the Rookie League Ari­zona Cubs then the Eugene (Ore.) Emer­alds in the North­west League.

“After I’ve seen all the suc­cess that’s paid off for my brother, I re­al­ized the hard work and all that would pay off. It’s some­thing that I’ve been look­ing for­ward to,” Avery said. “I’m glad that it worked out in my fa­vor.”

In prepa­ra­tion for his se­nior sea­son and be­yond, Short has been im­prov­ing on what has be­come a key ad­di­tion to his curve and fast­ball last year: the changeup.

“(Kingston) Coach (Mike) Grop­puso and I have been talk­ing and he said some­thing I need to work on and am go­ing to work on is my changeup,” Short noted. “He said that as soon as I get my changeup down, I will be

even more ef­fec­tive.

“It al­ways helps to have a lot more weapons.”

He also plans to spend plenty of off­sea­son time in the Kate Walton Field House’s new weight room.

“I’ll be lift­ing a lot with the team.

I think we’re all go­ing to work on what we need to be­come a stronger unit,” Short said. Siena plays in the Metro At­lantic Ath­letic Con­fer­ence (MAAC), which in­cludes Marist and Ni­a­gara. That means games against Hayner. There is also a re­mote pos­si­bil­ity of St. Bon­aven­ture on a fu­ture sched­ule.

“Jeff and I will be play­ing against each other and Ty and I may play ev­ery once in a while,” said Short, who is ex­cited about the prospect of play­ing D-I base­ball.

“It’s go­ing to be an ex­pe­ri­ence. I can’t wait to go, but I’ve still got my se­nior year left,” he said.

“I'm ex­cited about that, too. I can’t wait to go out and have fun with the guys and en­joy the moment, en­joy ev­ery moment.”

TANIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREEMAN

Avery Short signs his let­ter of in­tent to Siena Col­lege sur­rounded by fam­ily and coaches.

TANIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREEMAN FILE

Avery Short posted a 6-1 record with a 0.39 earned-run av­er­age in help­ing lead Kingston to the Sec­tion 9, Class AA ti­tle.

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