MCA doubleheader

Mount Carmel’s Tommy Reisinger rolls into third base off a teammate’s hit during the second inning in the first game of a doubleheader against St. Joseph Catholic Academy on Thursday, May 9, at the Kulpmont Veterans Memorial Sports Complex.

Mount Carmel Area’s Tommy Reisinger recently received an offer to play baseball at Millersville University. The offer is his third since June and second to play at the Division II level, going along with his offer from Fairmont State University. His first offer from Arizona Christian University would give him the opportunity to play against competition in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) — an athletics association separate from the NCAA that plays at a high level and produces some professional talent, especially in baseball. Reisinger played well for the Red Tornadoes during their record-setting 2019 season and has gained even more attention over the summer as a pitcher for the Shamokin-Mount Carmel American Legion team. So what is it about his play that draws college scouts to his game? “They like my build and 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame for sure,” Reisinger said. “They also like my release and quick arm. There are a few things that they would to fix but they say I have a chance of playing for a long time.” Reisinger is no stranger to playing under pressure and dealing with some nerves while playing sports. As the starting quarterback for the Red Tornadoes football team, his play often dictated the team’s offensive output game in and game out. Still, seeing college scouts in attendance at his Legion baseball games while he prepares to deliver on the mound can be a little intimidating. “I try not to let it effect me but at times it can make me a little nervous,” he said, commenting on the college scouts. “It’s something I kind of just get used to over the course of the game.” He says his go-to pitch is his fastball, which has been clocked at 90 miles per hour but he typically sits somewhere between 87 and 89 mph. The multi-sport athlete is still mulling over his offers and is open to the possibility of playing football at the next level. He is also a key contributor to the boys basketball team and eclipsed over 1000 career points last season. Regardless of whichever path he decides to take, playing America’s pastime will always be special. “Baseball has been my first love ever since I was kid,” he said. “I used to dream of playing in the big leagues and I always wanted to stay with baseball, but I don’t know — I’m still open between playing football and baseball.” The rising senior noted that he is in contact with several Division I schools for baseball and has high expectations moving forward in the recruiting process. Reisinger has talked to several recruiters about playing football and, like baseball, seems optimistic about gaining more recognition during his senior season.

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