Coughlin high school senior and baseball player Dave Marriggi signed on to continue his baseball playing at Towson University.
Marriggi, 17, who is a standout at the plate and on the mound for the Crusaders, made it official on Wednesday, sending his letter of intent to pitch for the Maryland-based school on the first day of the early signing period.
Coughlin baseball coach Moe Rodzinak is very happy with the recognition his player has recieved and he feels he will be a great fit for the Tigers.
“When college coaches recruit, they look for size, they don’t give a little guy a chance,” Rodzinak said. “Thank God they didn’t overlook him. He’s a crafty lefty because he won’t throw the ball 90 mph, but he gets more movement than most left-handers. He depends on his movement and location and he’s tough to hit against — hitters hate to bat against him.
“He’s pitched great for us and Legion. He’s not worried about his speed on the ball, he knows his limits. He knows what he has to do to pitch well and he does it. I think he’ll do well at the next level.”
As a junior, Marriggi had a 2.80 ERA for the Crusaders, striking out 33 while also playing center field and leading the team with a .388 average at the plate.
With Marriggi preparing for his senior season in the spring, Rodzniak doesn’t believe that the recognition will affect his play and that he will be one of the best players in the Wyoming Valley Conference this season.
“He’s gonna have a real good season,” Rodzinak said. “He’s gonna be one of the top players in the WVC. I really think he’s gonna be one of the top pitchers in the league and he’s a very good centerfielder. I’m gonna write him as one of the top three or four players in the league.
“He’s a good leader, he’ll help (younger players) out so it’s like having another coach. Because of his work and what he puts into the game he could be the best player in the league this year.”
Towson is no stranger the WVC and has signed other former players as well including Tunkhannock’s Tyler Austin in 2008 and Crestwood’s Chris Wychock in 2007.
Rodzinak called it a great opportunity for his player and one close enough that his family will be able to support him in person.
“He’s excited and his family is excited,” said Rodzinak. “It’s only a three-hour ride so his parents can see him play.”