Kingston standout to play for Siena
Kingston standout, Freeman Pitcher of the Year Avery Short signs letter of intent to attend Siena
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.”
Avery Short signs his letter of intent to Siena College surrounded by family and coaches.
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.