WHEELING - The cat is out of the bag when it comes to the Wheeling Park baseball team: it's good.
Part of the Patriots success has been the play of shortstop Andrew Kowalo.
The four-year starter is batting a sizzling .418 in 55 at-bats to help coach Mike McLeod's club garner a 18-2 record and the No. 1 rank in the OVAC Class 5A poll.
Kowalo, however, isn't exactly bursting onto the scene as he managed 42 hits in his sophomore and junior seasons for a .383 average.
The senior's talents also extend to the mound where he has fanned 34 batters in 33 innings and has posted a 1.27 ERA.
Kowalo may have been at his best on April 3 in Morgantown as Park faced off with University.
The senior went 4-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and scored two runs to help the Patriots pull off a 15-8 triumph against the Hawks.
A multi-sport athlete, Kowalo was also a forward on coach Michael Jebbia's basketball team, where he averaged nearly six points and seven rebounds a night.
The senior is expected to sign this week at Potomac State where he will continue his baseball career.
The Long Ballers
Kyle Elliott, Zach Wilhoite, Magnolia: Elliott and Wilhoite each hit two-run homers in a victory against Clay-Battelle.
Elliott had another against North Marion.
Molly McCoy, Edison: McCoy blasted two homers in a victory against Garaway.
Luke Cooper, Paden City: Cooper hit one over the fence in a loss to Tyler Consolidated.
Chance Truex, Bishop Donahue: Truex hit two home runs in a victory against Beallsville.
Mallory Chapman, Magnolia: Chapman hit two homers in a victory against River.
Jon Borkoski, Buckeye Local: Borkoski hit one over the fence in a loss to Harrison Central.
Chase Miller, Magnolia: Miller hit a home run in a victory against Monroe Central.
Kordell Antill, Monroe Central: Antill homered in a loss to Magnolia.
Chez Glenn, Toronto: Glenn hit one over the fence in a victory against East Liverpool.
Luca Fuscardo, Madonna: Fuscardo hit a trio of homers in a victory against Cameron.
Austin Pegg, Cameron: Pegg hit a home run in a loss to Madonna and in a victory against Beallsville.
Megan Markja, Indian Creek: Markja hit two homers in a victory against Buckeye Local.
Shane Wellman, John Marshall: Wellman hit a home run in a victory against Morgantown.
Michael Jacob, St. Clairsville: Jacobs fanned 13 in a victory against Martins Ferry.
Paige Gibbons, Barnesville: Gibbons fanned 12 in a loss to Bellaire.
Brandon Stoneking, Valley: Stoneking struck out 10 in a victory against Paden City.
Kordell Antill, Monroe Central: Antill collected 11 Ks in a victory against Beallsville.
Cari Horne, Toronto: Horne fanned 14 in a victory against Madonna.
Gabby Goudy, River: Goudy struck out 12 in a victory against Shadyside.
Kyle Elliott, Magnolia: Elliott ended with 13 Ks in a victory against River.
Nick Patrone, Bellaire: Patrone fanned 13 in a victory against St. Clairsville.
Amy Rotriga, John Marshall: Rotriga collected 16 Ks in a victory against Steubenville Catholic.
Sarah Henry, Wheeling Central: Henry threw a perfect game, fanning seven along the way, in a victory against Linsly.
Megan Heagney, Shadyside: Heagney struck out 13 and didn't allow a hit in a victory against Bridgeport.