Emmitsburg, Md. (March 21, 2012)—Mount St. Mary's head baseball coach Scott Thomson has announced the signings of six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to enroll at the Mount in the Fall. Chad Diehl (Westminster, Md./Westminster), Alain Girman (Monroeville, Pa./Serra Catholic), Zach Hostetter (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest), Jordan Lawson (Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff), Kevin Myers (LaVale, Md./Bishop Walsh) and Tommy Quealy (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin) make up the six-person class.
Diehl, a 6-3 left-handed pitcher, earned All-State and All-County honors as a junior at Westminster High School last year. He was the winning pitcher in the 2011 state championship game and has not lost a game in his high school career. As a sophomore, posted a 0.50 ERA, the lowest in the state. Westminster went 23-0 last year to earn the state, regional and county championships.
"Chad is a hard-nosed lefty with great command and mound presence," said Thomson. "He was the winning pitcher in the state championship game and throws from 86-88."
Girmain, a 5-10 left-handed pitcher, led his high school, Serra Catholic, to the 2011 state championship. He was named All-Section, the Daily News Player of the Year, and the WPIAL Pitcher of the Year in each of the past two seasons and was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Diamond Studs team in 2011. He threw consecutive no hitters as a sophomore, including one in the district championship game. His career record is 24-0 heading into this spring season and he was recently named Louisville Slugger Preseason High School First Team All-American.
"Alain is a competitor who is undefeated in his high school career," said Thomson. "His team won the 1A state championship last season. He has a live arm, can throw three pitches for strikes, and throws 88-90 mph."
Hostetter, a 5-11 outfielder, was named First Team All-League and All-Section last season. He hit .450 with three triples, eight home runs and 29 RBI as a junior for Cedar Crest High School, helping his team to the league title. He has hit 11 home runs so far in his high school career.
"Zach is a strong, powerful kid who will bring much-needed power to our lineup," said Thomson. "With his strong arm and bat, we look for him to compete for a starting position in the outfield."
Lawson, a left-handed pitcher, was named to the Mid Penn Conference First Team in each of the past two seasons. He was named honorable mention Underclass All-American by Perfect Game Baseball last season, and he won a gold medal at the 2011 Keystone Games. He helped lead Cedar Cliff High School to a district title last season.
"Jordan is a crafty lefty who can throw three pitches for strikes," said Thomson. "He is one of three left-handers we are bringing in who will look to compete for significant innings next year."
Myers, a 6-0 right-handed pitcher, was named First Team All-State and First Team All-Area last year at Bishop Walsh High School. He struck out 76 batters in 30 innings and has a career ERA of 2.67 with 201 strikeouts in 109 innings pitched. He threw a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts as a sophomore and he has been named his team MVP in each of his three seasons.
"Kevin is a hard-throwing right-hander who throws between 88 and 90 miles per hour," said Thomson. "He locates his pitches well and he is a very smart pitcher in the mold of Greg Maddux. We look for Kevin to push for a spot in the starting rotation."
Quealy, a 5-10 outfielder, hit .433 with eight doubles and 13 stolen bases for Norwin High School last year. He helped lead his team to a 17-1 record and the section championship in 2011.
"Tommy is a versatile kid who can play numerous position," said Thomson. "We look for him to compete for a starting spot next season for us."
"We concentrated on getting more pitching depth from both sides of the mound and on position players that are very athletic," said Thomson. "We feel we have done that and have brought in one of the top recruiting classes in the NEC and Mid-Atlantic region."