Brody Miller profiles Blackhawk graduate Adam Liberatore, who is now a standout pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"The previous time Adam Liberatore played at PNC Park, it was in a showcase back when he was playing American Legion baseball for Blackhawk High School. Liberatore was an outfielder, and a good one.
Now, this 29-year-old Beaver County native is a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers and made his first return to PNC as a major-leaguer. When his flight landed June 23, he was able to go to his house, see family and friends and relax in a recliner. He got to wake up and make some coffee. It was the comfort of home.
"It's a different feeling," he said. "I've never just come to the field from home before. So it was definitely cool to just wake up, eat at home and then come here."
But Liberatore's journey to the pros could have just as easily not happened. It took the nagging advice of coaches to put him on the right path. Blackhawk baseball coach Bob Amalia knew back in high school that outfield wasn't how Liberatore would make it."