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American Elite baseball coach Ben Pierce was watching his nephew’s hockey game when Hampton’s Adam Dembowski spotted him.
This chance to see was given to Pierce, a Penn Hills graduate now based in Bel Air, Md., To recruit two-sport Talbot to play for his Baltimore-based Mid-Atlantic all-star baseball team.
“He’s a pure athlete,” Pierce said. “Speed and strength.”
Dembowski, a 6-foot, 175-pound midfielder, is thriving this summer, playing tournaments from Georgia to Florida to Indiana for the U.S. elite team.
The right-hander who hits Dembowski, who will be a senior this fall, hits .380 and leads the 18U team in several offensive categories. He hit around .400 in a Perfect Game-only tournament 21.-24. July in Fort Myers, Fla.
“Adam hits the ball very well,” Pierce said. “He had a great tournament down in Florida. … He’s put together. He’s a rock. He’s a plus defender. He wants to pick it up and he has a great arm and good instincts. ”
Dembowski is one of more than half a dozen recurring Talbots who play summer baseball on their heels at last year’s WPIAL playoffs.
Like Dembowski, Hampton senior pitcher Cam Marshalwitz, a 6-2, 180-pound left-hander for Northern Virginia-based Mizuno Outlaws, plays at events along the East Coast, traveling to Greenville, SC, Annapolis, Md., And Marietta, Ga. ., This summer.
Senior pitcher / catcher Vinnie Matthews (McCandless Tigers), junior outfielders Ryan Apaliski and Zach Carr (Pittsburgh Spikes), junior shortstop Eric Weeks (Pittsburgh Stars) and junior second baseman Anthony Bucci (Hardcore Elite) are also among coaches Kellen Wheelers Talbots who hold get sharp on baseball diamonds around Western Pennsylvania, the East Coast and beyond.
Weeks have missed the last month with a partially torn ligament in the right elbow. The Pittsburgh Stars have played in several tournaments in Ohio along with an event in Chicago. Weeks avoided surgery, but the recovery process should take about two months. He expects to be in full force in time for the basketball season.
– I was very well at the beginning of the year. “And then I was hurt,” he said. “Right now I have physiotherapy three times a week and it’s starting to feel better.”
Marshalwitz, a first-team selection in all sections 2-5A last spring, plays and plays midfield for the Outlaws. He has played in about 30 games this summer, and competed in mostly three-bat events.
He and Dembowski each attended the Top 50 Baseball Showcase on July 12 in Washington, Pa., Where they performed in front of a group of college coaches from Penn State to Washington & Jefferson. Marshalwitz also attended an exhibition event at Gardner-Webb 29.
“My fastball has gained some momentum,” he said. “I’m in my mid 80’s. So yes, I’ve been able to work a little bit.”
Reiseboll is a welcome return for Talbots after the covid pandemic wiped out most of the summer leagues last year. They grounded in cages and lifted weights during the closure.
“It’s so much nicer to get out and go to places,” Marshalwitz said. “You look forward to playing places that are much different from Western Pa.”
Dembowski is encouraged by his productive summer. He struggled early in the WPIAL baseball season 2021, when the month-long delayed hockey season ran into the spring, leading to a slow start for one of the section’s best outfielders. One day in late March, Dembowski played a baseball game in the afternoon for the Talbots at Woodland Hills and then zipped to the field in Valencia for a senior night hockey game.
“The summer was very refreshing for me, especially after the high school season,” he said. “I have just seen the ball well, and the team makes it a good environment to play in. I seem to do a little better under the pressure from the matches in the south. “