PORT ALLEGANY — Port Allegany High School senior Howie Stuckey officially signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play Division I baseball for St. Bonaventure University next year.
Stuckey, who played both football and soccer in the fall, was named the Big 30 Baseball Player of the Year last spring after leading the Gators to the postseason with his stellar play on the mound and at the plate.
“Coach (Lance) Baker and I are so happy for Howie and his family,” Port Allegany baseball coach Nate Zitnik said. “This opportunity to fulfill the dream of becoming a Division I student-athlete is yet another milestone in his life. He will undoubtedly represent himself, his family, Port Allegany and St. Bonaventure with pride and integrity.”
Stuckey posted a 4-2 record on the bump in 2019, aided by a 0.56 ERA, 70 strikeouts and just 16 walks in 37.1 innings pitched.
In addition, he hit .567 on the year, crushed 10 doubles, had 25 RBI and struck out just once in 70 plate appearances.
Stuckey also played for the Northeast Twins travel team over the past several summers.
“Playing Division I baseball has always been a goal of mine ever since I started playing baseball, so to sign with St. Bonaventure was definitely very exciting,” Stuckey said.
“I’ve always had the utmost support from my parents and family, my high school coach Nate Zitnik, and my travel coaches Jerico and Jay Weitzel. I’ll always be thankful for the support system I have. Overall, it’s just a great feeling to know that I will be playing baseball at the next level, because it’s not something that is guaranteed, so I’m very thankful to be lucky enough to have the opportunity.”