A former WPIAL star pitcher has gotten into the win column for the first time in his professional career.
Dan Altavilla, a recent draft pick of the Seattle Mariners, earned his first pro win Friday in leading the Everett AquaSox to a 3-1 home win against the Boise Hawks. The AquaSox are a Class A affiliate of the Mariners and compete in the short-season Northwest League.
Against Boise, Altavilla gave up one run and four hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked two.
For the season, Altavilla is 1-2 with a 5.52 ERA in eight starts.
Altavilla was selected by Seattle in the fifth round of the MLB Draft last month. A 5-foot-11 right-hander, Altavilla had an outstanding college career at Mercyhurst. This past season, Altavilla went 9-1 with a 1.23 ERA and struck out 129 in 80 1/3 innings. He was named the NCAA Division II National Pitcher of the Year and a first-team All-American.
As a senior at Elizabeth Forward, Altavilla was named the Post-Gazette's Player of the Year. He led the Warriors to the WPIAL Class AAA title with a perfect record. He went 11-1 with a 0.55 ERA and had 111 strikeouts in 77 innings. He also hit .450 with six home runs.