Kennedy Catholic High recently celebrated its successful 2021 baseball season with an awards ceremony.
In accompanying photo, Head Coach Steve Pinney, at left, is pictured with, from left, Nick Ratkovich, Cord Pocza, Tino Multari, Sean Kirkland, and Carmen Surano. All are seniors, except Pocza, a junior.
Award recipients included Pocza (“Iron Man”), Multari (“Heavy Hitter”), Kirkland (“Defensive Wizard”) and Cody May (“Golden Arm”).
A hard-nosed catcher, Pocza was hit by pitches 9 times; Multari batted .500 for the season (.786 during the playoffs); 1st baseman/pitcher Kirkland posted a .978 fielding percentage, including 86 putouts, and May (missing from photo, though, from Italy, he face-timed with teammates and coaches during the ceremony) compiled a 2.92 earned run average during the season (0.538 ERA during the playoffs).
Kennedy Catholic captured the District 10 Class 1A crown with a 14-8 win over Rocky Grove, then a 6-1 PIAA playoffs win over WPIAL runner-up Riverview, completing a 10-11 overall record.
In addition to May, who will matriculate at Saint Vincent College to continue his education and baseball careers, Multari recently announced he will attend Mercyhurst University on a full academic-athletic scholarship. He will play hockey for the NCAA Division I Lakers.
Multari was one of a handful of KC athletes (also, goaltender Riley Mastowski, David Cochenour and Tommy Malvar, all of whom also played baseball), who were part of a co-op agreement with Neshannock. They contributed to a 5-1 win in this past spring’s Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League Class B championship match over previously-unbeaten Ringgold. Multari was the team’s leading scorer.