UConn commit and Gov. Mifflin SS/P Tyler Minick
You don't see many baseball players score from second base on a passed ball. You also don't see many high school athletes with Tyler Minick's skill set. His abilities were on full display during the BCIAA playoffs. The Gov. Mifflin senior shortstop led the Mustangs to their 15th Berks County championship and second in the past three years. "We come back every year stronger," said Minick. The top-seeded Mustangs beat rival Wilson 6-3 in the BCIAA Final at FirstEnergy Stadium. Matt VanOstenbridge struck out Xander Velez with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 2nd, but the pitch got away from catcher Jordan Shutter. Minick, who's committed to UConn, raced all the way from second to home to give Gov. Mifflin a 3-0 edge. "Speed kills...I'm always looking to move up. Even if he would've threw up the stop sign, I was going," Minick told SV Sports' Paul Roberts. The (18-4) Mustangs tacked on two unearned runs in the 3rd to go up 5-1. Sophomore Ethan Grim helped himself with a RBI single to right field in the 5th. Grim held the second-seeded Bulldogs to one unearned run on three hits in 5+ innings. He struck out seven. After Grim hit the first two batters in the top of the 6th, head coach Chris Hole called on Minick. The 2022 Berks Player of the Year got a pop up, a strikeout, and a ground out to quickly end the threat. Minick gave credit to Grim for pitching well on a big stage. "He's a dog. We love him out here. We're confident in him," he replied. Minick hit an inside-the-park home run against Brandywine Heights in the BCIAA quarterfinals. He blasted two homers out of FirstEnergy Stadium versus Fleetwood in the semifinals. VanOstenbridge was on the mound when the (15-7) Bulldogs won both regular season matchups with Gov. Mifflin. On Monday, the junior southpaw allowed six runs, one earned, on five hits over five frames. He punched out seven as Wilson's eight-game winning streak came to an end. Both teams qualified for the District 3 playoffs which begin on Friday. "It's definitely a confidence builder," stated Minick after hoisting the trophy.