Scouting Notes: #4 Whitehall at #16 Emmaus

By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

The scoreboard at the end of the game read #4 Whitehall 12 #16 Emmaus 3, but that doesn't tell the whole story of the first six innings of the battle of state ranked teams. Whitehall plated eight runs in the top of the 7th inning against three Emmaus relievers to make a tight 4-3 game a laugher.

Jacob WloczewskiWhitehall cruised through the first four innings behind RHP Jacob Wloczewski, a Binghamton University recruit, and some timely hitting. Whitehall 3B Jeffrey Charles drove in a run in the 1st inning when his ground ball to third base was misplayed with one out. He added an RBI on a two-out double in the fifth inning to push the Whitehall lead to 3-0.

Emmaus rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 5th to tie the game on two hit batters, two Whitehall errors, and infield single and a sacrifice fly.

Whitehall added a run in the sixth to regain the lead at 4-3 prior to their 7th inning outburst that put the game out of reach.

  • Wloczewski was dominant in six of seven innings. Although he hit two batters and made an errant throw on a sacrifice bunt in the 5th inning, he was able to right himself and retired seven of the final eight batters of the game. He sat 86-88 for most of the game finishing the 7th inning with an 86 mph fastball. He touched 89 early in the game and showcased a slider at 78 mph along with a 74 mph 11/5 breaking curveball. Wloczewski's changeup sat 77-78, but lacked any real movement and is a pitch he will need to develop moving forward.
  • Senior lead-off hitter Matt Bonshak (OF) showed excellent speed (4.06 down the line on an attempted bunt for a base hit). The left-handed hitter went 2-for-5 with a double and three of his four at bats in which he did not bunt.

  • Junior 3B Jeff Charles has a very projectable frame and showed quality actions at 3B with a strong arm. Charles squared the baseball in all four trips to the plate finishing the game with two doubles and four RBI.

  • Junior catcher Ryan Bonshak showed consistent 2.05-2.10 pop times between innings but failed to have an opportunity to throw out a runner during game action. He received the ball well and blocked a number of breaking balls that required him to slide laterally. Bonshak showed a quiet trigger and short swing path at the plate. He turned on a 3-2 slider in his first at bat lacing the ball to left field for a single and drove a single to right field off of a fastball in his second at bat.

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