From the first time Austin Kitchen saw Tor Sehnert play baseball at Pullman Park in Butler, he knew Sehnert had “blue-collar” talent. Good speed, power and discipline.
“I’m pretty sure he had something like three triples, or something crazy,” Kitchen said. “Just a freshman… I knew pretty much from there that he was going to be good.”
After playing two years of club ball together as Steel City Wildcats, it’s possible Mt. Lebanon alumnus Kitchen and Peters Township’s Sehnert could reunite at defending national champion Coastal Carolina come fall. That would make two WPIAL Chanticleer players, not long after Montour’s Anthony Marks signed with the San Francisco Giants after his senior season at Coastal. West Allegheny’s Mike Crawford will also join CCU’s team next season as a preferred walk-on.
“When you have WPIAL guys around, we all look at each other, and everyone talks smack or jokes around, and we’ll look at each other like ‘WPIAL. We’re the best,’” Kitchen said. “It’s just funny. Because everyone on the team, they’re not from near PA. They could be from California, Florida, Georgia, where they don’t know where the WPIAL is.”
Kitchen, a left-handed pitcher, was named a Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American his first year