Alliance left-handed pitcher Gavin Bruni has been recognized by a national publication for his success this season.
College Baseball, a Southern California-based publication named the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Bruni to its first team of 69 players, which included 18 other pitchers. Bruni, who was limited to a strict pitch count this spring, finished 3-1 with 68 strikeouts in just 37 innings and an earned run average of 0.19.
“Even though he hasn’t pitched all season and hasn’t had a [overwhelming] record breaking, Bruni had a great season for us and deserved to be part of the squad, ”said Alliance coach Jeff Graffice. “There were times this season where he was literally untouchable.
This US high school national team consisted of three teams. Bruni was the only Ohio player who was recognized, with the majority of the winners mostly from the South or West.
Bruni, who signed to play for Ohio State but is also seen as a professional prospect who could be selected in the next Major League Baseball Draft in July, has also been an offensive force for the Aviators during his season. last year, batting .381 (24-for-63) with a homerun and 15 RBIs.
“It’s a big [pitching] prospect, but it can also strike, ”Graffice said.
Earlier this month, Bruni was selected to the Division I All-Ohio second team by the state coaching association. Three pitchers were selected for the first team: Josh Laisure of Olentangy Orange, Quinton Hall of Vandalia Butler and Brennen McCune, the star of Dover.
“It’s funny enough, Bruni was good enough to be picked for America’s first team, but could only be a part of All-Ohio second team,” said Graffice. “Overall, it doesn’t really matter, as I know he’s humble and balanced and looks forward to his next chapter.”
Bruni and McCune faced each other in a regular season game at Dover this season, though neither pitched. The Aviators recovered from a late-game deficit, helped by an equalizing home run from wide receiver Ryan Bruni, Gavin’s younger brother, and recorded a 4-3 win in the extra inning against a team that ultimately lost 3-1 to Walsh Jesuit. in a Division I District Championship game.
“We did not face [McCune] but we beat a very good Dover team at home, ”said Graffice. “I thought it was one of our best games this season.
Without Gavin Bruni, who was one of the team’s few veterans with 20 wins in 2019, for the last few games with a broken hand, Alliance finished with a 15-13 record, which included a loss to Willoughby South in the division I tournament.
“I know he was disappointed that he couldn’t play, but he stayed in the game [mentally] and did all he could to help, ”said Graffice. “He was a very good teammate and it’s even more important than being a [great] player.”