Local Student to Play in Collegiate World Series

Andy Fennell will take part in this weekend’s collegiate World Series, playing for CalU. (photos courtesy of Sharon Fennell Photography)

Andy Fennell, a 2017 Armstrong High School Graduate, loves baseball. In his four years of high school, because of the consolidation of Kittanning and Ford City High Schools, he played in four different sections, and rarely the same teams.

“There were a lot of competition levels,” Fennell said. “During my senior year, we made the playoffs, but only got to play one game.”

         Andy Fennell

Fennell continued playing baseball at college. He is currently at California University of Pennsylvania, on the NCBA Club team. His team, the Vulcans, have a record of 21-0, they are ranked number one in the nation among Division 2 teams.

Last weekend, the team won the New Penn Regional playoffs in Dubois. Andy pitched 6 innings against the 7th ranked team, SUNY Buffalo (NY), giving up only 2 runs, in a 7-2 victory. His Earned Run Average for the year is 2.73, with 25 strikeouts, 19 scoreless innings out of 23 pitched, his record is 4-0.

Fennell, a 6’2” freshman pitcher, was recently promoted to the position of 2nd started. Andy is the son of Dirk and Vi Fennell of North Buffalo Township. He is majoring in Mechatronics and made the Dean’s List during his 1st semester.

No other CalU baseball team has ever achieved such a record or been ranked this high. They will be playing in the eight-team double elimination tournament World Series, which will be contested for the fourth straight year, at the 1,000-seat Jaycee Field in Pittsburg, Kansas, as the # 1 seed. They leave Thursday morning and first game is Friday.

Even after receiving assistance from the university, the cost will be over $6,000 for the team to travel to Kansas. They received $2,000 in grant money. Raising a total of $4,000 toward the $6,000 goal.

Fennell said the team would appreciate any sponsors, as club teams are not funded by the Universities.  To support the team, visit fundrazr.com/c1Lnuc?ref=ab_AQP5L3ajTX3AQP5L3ajTX3.