“He has a great bat and (is) great on defense,” said Poland head coach Rich Murray. “He works real hard and is expected to be a team leader in the upcoming season.”
Lapari said he started playing mushball in Girard when he was five. He progressed through Little League and worked his way up to the high school team as well as playing on summer travel teams.
His summer coach, Tony Gorvet spoke very highly of Lapari and his efforts with the Rondinelli Tuxedo team, which plays in the Youngstown Class B League.
“He’s a great kid,” Gorvet said. “He’s an outstanding player with a heart as big as a lion. He has a lot of enthusiasm.”
In his junior year at Poland, Lapari posted 27 hits, 23 runs and carried a batting average of .380, according to Murray’s spec sheet. Murray was also pleased to announce that Lapari is the second Bulldog to play for the YSU team.
“I’ve been coaching for seven years and Philip is the second player to sign with YSU. Tom Clayton from the class of 2005 is presently a senior with the Penguins.”
Lapari said baseball was just one of the reasons he considered YSU. He also likes being close to home.
“(The decision) came down to what was best for the family,” Lapari said. “By choosing YSU, my family can come and watch the games whenever they want.”
As for the sport, he said if he can make a career out of it, he will. He has the focus after trying basketball last year along with baseball. For his senior year he decided to concentrate on only baseball.
At YSU, Lapari plans to major in business finance.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Poland Seminary High School senior Philip Lapari signed his letter of intent to play baseball for Youngstown State University next fall. Joining him were his parents Kim and Fred Lapari, seated, and in back, summer coach Tony Gorvet and Poland head coach Rich Murray and assistant coach Ryan Gesacion.