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Bone to pitch for Division I UMBC

Pittston Area grad accepted offer in late July

Pittston Area lefty Jordan Bone will pitch for Division I Maryland Baltimore County this coming year.

Timing is everything. And for Jordan Bone, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

A solid season on the hill for Pittston Area – combined with an outstanding American Legion season for Plains – has presented the lefty pitcher with the opportunity to play at the Division I level for the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

“I’m really excited. I can’t wait to go,” said Bone who will leave this week for the school located just off the Baltimore Beltway.

Bone had originally committed to Lackawanna College earlier this spring but when the opportunity arose to play for the Retrievers he couldn’t pass it up.

“They had a lefty drop out and they invited me down for a visit. I really liked the school and they offered on the visit. It’s an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

The opportunity was also something Bone had earned according to Pittston Area Pitching Coach John Richards.

“The growth in him is amazing,” said Richards of Bone’s development during his three years playing for the Patriots. “The kid worked his butt off but it was his self-confidence that pushed him over the top.”

Pittston Area Head Coach Paul Zaffuto agreed.

“Jordan’s maturity level has gone up tremendously over the past year,” said the veteran Patriots skipper. “We were impressed with his talent as a sophomore, but as a junior he didn’t display the confidence, desire or moxie that was needed to put him in the top tier of pitchers. He gave in too much.

“But he put in a whole summer’s work before his senior year on his mechanics and he started to believe he was one of the best pitchers. Once he gained that confidence, he never looked back.”

Bone stands just 5’9 and weights 160-pounds, but his mechanics are what attracted UMBC coaches to him.

“They loved him mechanically,” said Richards. “Once they got around to looking at some tape of Jordan it just took off from there.”

Bone becomes the third PA player under Zaffuto to play Division I baseball. Former Patriots shortstop Chris Tonte played at Pitt, and first baseman Sam Parente will play for the Panthers this fall. Both spent two seasons at Lackawanna before moving on to play Division I.

It is something Bone is taking pride it.

“I think it is pretty cool to be the third person (to play Division I).” said Bone. “I owe it to my coaches. They have coached a lot of great players, and know what it takes to be successful.

“It feels good to help get some recognition for our program.”

UMBC plays in the America East Conference against Albany, Binghamton, Boston University, Hartford, Maine, New Hampshire, Stony Brook and Vermont.

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