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Baseball: Schreiber impresses George Washington with summer play

October 20, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • North Hagerstown senior Zane Schreiber has committed to play for NCAA Division I baseball program George Washington.
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Summer baseball was worth the time and effort for Zane Schreiber.

Playing for the Mid-Atlantic Red Sox, as several area players do, Schreiber made the most of his opportunities.

The North Hagerstown senior caught the eye of George Washington University with his play, and following a visit to the school, signed with the Colonials.

“Ever since I can remember, it’s been a dream to play Division I baseball,” said Schreiber.

Scouts flock to summer leagues, and the Red Sox always seem to have visitors, such as new GW assistant Dave Lorber.

“Coach came to a tournament in North Carolina and saw me and we’d been in contact,” said Schreiber. “They have a new stadium. It’s all pretty awesome.”

Schreiber didn’t have huge numbers in his junior year at North, but made huge improvements over the summer.

“He has gotten so much better,” said North coach Drew Crawford.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Schreiber hit the weights and added 10 pounds to his frame.

GW recruited him as a pitcher, and he’ll see plenty of time on the mound in his senior season, along with his Liberty University-bound teammate Andrew Yacyk.

“They see the potential but there is nothing guaranteed,” said Schreiber. “They are looking at me as a middle-inning type of pitcher.”

Schreiber only pitched two innings last year when North went to the Maryland Class 3A state semifinals. He batted .400 (16-for-40), had four doubles, one home run and 12 RBIs and was 6-for-6 in stolen bases.

“We’re blessed with talent we have with the likes of Schreiber and Yacyk,” said Crawford. “Zane is gifted academically. He’s a student of the game as well and will succeed on the next level.”

GW, a Division I member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, recently introduced Greg Ritchie as its new coach. A 1986 grad of GW, Ritchie spent the last two seasons as hitting coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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