By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
SAYRE — To Sayre senior Nick Ficarro, Mansfield University seemed a great deal like home. On Wednesday, he decided to make MU his home for at least four years, signing a national letter-of-intent to play collegiate baseball there starting in the fall.
“It’s close to home, and it feels like home,” said Ficarro. “I think it’s just a nice place to be.
“Plus, my uncle (Brian Ficarro) played baseball there, too,” he added.
Ficarro, who also played the outfield and first base for the Redskins as a junior, said he’ll be used as a left-handed middle reliever by the Mounties.
“Basically, I’ll be a one- or two-inning guy,” he said. “I’ll face a lot of lefties.”
Sayre coach Jamie VanDuzer said Ficarro just needs to keep working hard as he prepares for the next level.
“He worked really hard, and showed great improvement from his sophomore year to his junior year,” said VanDuzer. “I think if he improves from junior year to senior year the way he did (last year), he should be able to contribute at Mansfield.”
Ficarro knows he has work to do to be ready for college baseball.
“I need to work on my control, commanding the strike zone,” he said. “And, I need to work on my breaking balls.”
“I’d say he needs to work on his consistency,” added VanDuzer.
Ficarro will major in Biology, with plans to become either a physical therapist or an athletic trainer.
IN PHOTO 1: Sayre senior Nick Ficarro. IN PHOTO 2: Front row, from left: Joan Ficarro (grandmother), Kellie Ficarro (mother), Nick Ficarro, and Greg Ficarro (father). Back row: Rylie Ficarro (sister) and Sayre baseball coach Jamie VanDuzer. … PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.
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