Cullen Schimminger, a two-year contributor with the Hollidaysburg Area High School baseball program, will continue his education and baseball career on the college level at Mount Aloysius.
Schimminger is one of two catchers that the Golden Tigers use in their starting lineup, and he also swings the bat well enough to fill the designated hitter role.
"He's definitely in the mix for us, and we're expecting big things out of him this year,'' Hollidaysburg coach Jon Szynal said. "He's a hard worker whose defense and overall game have both improved a lot, and I really think that his best baseball is still ahead of him, whether it's at catcher of some other position.''
Schimminger's year-round devotion to baseball extended to his offseason participation with a travel team affiliated with the ERA [Earn Respect Athletics] organization last summer.
"I played summer ball with ERA, and I did pretty well with them,'' Schimminger said. "I try to work hard on the field, I put it on the line when I get to practice, and I try to get better every day.''
Schimminger is a lefthanded hitter who Szynal counts on to produce offense.
"He's a lefthanded hitter, which is a bonus,'' Szynal said. "I would expect him to hit somewhere in the middle of our lineup this year, and be somebody who can drive in runs for us.''
Schimminger, a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, plans to major in Health Care Administration at Mount Aloysius.
"The Mount is getting a great student, and a really, really good kid - not just another baseball player,'' Szynal said.