Rick Davis profiles Elizabeth Forward graduate Dan Altavilla.
"It didn't take Mercyhurst coach Joe Spano long to see that his pitcher, Dan Altavilla, had something special going.
"I hate to say it but sometimes you just know in the first inning," Spano said. "You just watch him warm up and everything is right there; the curveball wasn't missing his spot, the changeup, you could see it dropping from the dugout. It was one of those days.
"I think his last pitch was still 92 mph. In 30-degree temperature, to throw that hard for seven innings, is pretty incredible."
Altavilla, an Elizabeth Forward graduate who resides in the Greenock section of Elizabeth Township, mowed down Clarion batters for seven innings March 21, tossing a complete-game no-hitter in a 3-0 Lakers victory. It was the third no-hitter in Spano's 15 years as Mercyhurst coach."