Joe Tuschak selected by New York Mets

2011-06-07T23:30:00Z 2011-06-07T23:36:12Z Joe Tuschak selected by New York MetsBy Kurt Bopp, Sentinel Reporter The Sentinel
June 07, 2011 11:30 pm  • 

Northern center fielder Joe Tuschak was selected by the New York Mets in the sixth round of Major League Baseball's first year player draft on Tuesday as the 192nd overall pick.

"I was watching it, and they gave me a call beforehand," Tuschak said. "There was a 10-minute break between rounds five and six, and they called me up."

Tuschak said the organization told him they were interested in three different kids and wanted to see what it would take to get him.

The senior Polar Bear "burst into tears" when he realized his lifelong dream was coming to be.

"They're a great organization," Tuschak said. "Family-oriented. That's what the scout told me, is they're a lot of homegrown players. I just can't wait to start plyaing for them. It's going to be a lot fun."

Tuschak is batting .469 with career-highs in doubles (6), home runs (8) and RBIs (30). He's batting .397 in his four years at Northern and has 85 RBIs and 17 doubles in his career.

Tuschak has recorded multiple hits in 12 games this year and pocketed six RBIs against James Buchanan in April.

Last spring, the outfielder cracked the All-Sentinel first team for the first time in his career after batting an area-best .540 with 26 RBIs.

Tuschak was lined up to play for Coastal Carolina next year, but said he now needs to decide if that's still the next step.

The Polar Bears (20-5) remain alive in the PIAA tournament with a game against District 9 runner-up Punxsutawney (15-7) on Thursday at 4 p.m. in New Enterprise. Tuschak hopes his selection in the draft can get Northern noticed.

"It gets our name out there for future players," Tuschak said. "It helps out because I know Vince Apicella and Jon Mayer are probably going to be getting looked at."

The four-year starter had simple advice for kids who have the same dream.

"Never quit," Tuschak said. "It's a grind, you've just got to get through it. You've got to fight for it and it will come."

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