Hollidaysburg’s Grassi will get chance at Miami, Ohio
For the second time in as many days, a Blair County baseball product has committed to a Division I program.
Hollidaysburg senior-to-be Joey Grassi announced on Twitter late Monday night that he’d continue his baseball career at Miami University in Ohio.
“I like the facilities there, and the coaches are very nice,” Grassi said. “It’s a very good program, and I think it’s a good fit. I’m very excited. It’s going to be fun.”
Grassi is being recruited as a left-handed pitcher and has been playing in the U.S. Elite Baseball program this summer.
An assistant coach in the Elite Baseball program helped introduce Grassi to Miami after he’d also gotten interest from Xavier and had contacted VCU and Seton Hall.
Grassi has reached as high as 89 miles per hour on the radar gun, and after representatives from Miami saw him pitch, he was offered an opportunity to join the Red Hawks program.
“Way to go, Joey Grassi,” tweeted U.S. Elite Baseball after Grassi announced his commitment. “He overcame injury and adversity with great attitude and a solid work ethic. The US Elite family is excited for you!”
Grassi credited his father Joe, mother Paige Buckins, cousin Jack Sauserman and his girlfriend Katelyn Rhodes for helping him get to this point.
“For the rest of the summer, I’ll just continue playing with U.S. Elite,” Grassi said. “We have a tournament in Indiana at Notre Dame coming up. I just need to work on getting stronger.”
Grassi has one year of eligibility left at Hollidaysburg where he helped the Golden Tigers win a Central Penn League title last season. Grassi pitched in three games and compiled a 1.11 ERA with one save and batted .364 in 55 at bats while appearing in 15 games during his junior year.
“I’m very happy to have the chance to play college baseball,” Grassi said. “It should be a great fit, but before that, I’d like to win a District 6 title next year.”