(Photo: Former North Hills High School and Duquesne University standout Andrew Heck received another chance at playing baseball when he signed with the Wild Things last month. Bob Donaldson/Post-Gazette.)
"Andrew Heck knew he just needed another chance.
A North Hills High School graduate and former Duquesne University pitcher, Heck had signed with the Southern Illinois Miners of the Frontier League, but was cut by the team in spring training.
It took a few months of searching, but Heck finally found that second chance and, so far, he has made the most of it. Turns out, that chance wasn't far from home.
Heck signed with the Washington Wild Things on June 16 and has wreaked havoc on Frontier League pitching since then, hitting .396 (28 for 71) with 1 home run and 8 RBIs in 17 games (through Monday).
"I was just trying to get on another team because I felt like I proved to myself in spring training that I can play in this league," Heck said.
"I thought I had a decent spring and just knew that I needed another opportunity. I'm just glad that I got that opportunity back close to home.""