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Penn-Trafford Product Making It Big

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When Mike Demark came out of Penn-Trafford High School near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the pitcher-middle infielder, had a rocket arm with a fastball clocked consistently around 88 MPH and one of the best attitudes a coach could ask for. Demark hustled on and off the field, and gave his all with each pitch. Going 7-2 his senior year, Demark, who threw a nasty knuckleball, a curveball that broke three and a half feet and a changeup that fooled the best of hiters, Demark was headed to Marietta College to pitch. Demark’s success through high school wasn’t exactly scripted the way most people expect. While pitching lights out ball, Demark battled something much more dangerous than any hitter he ever faced. During high school, Demark helped his dad through a bone marrow transplant that eventually saved his life and he dedicated every game on the mound to his father. The hardwork and competitiveness payed off and eventually led to where he is today. Continue reading

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