Wallenpaupack Area standout headed to Goldey-Beacom College

Chances are you’ve never heard of Goldey-Beacom College.

The tiny liberal arts school lies just outside of Wilmington, Delaware and boasts an undergraduate enrollment of just over 600 students.

For such a small student body, surprisingly, it touts an NCAA Division II athletic program. That too is also small. In fact, its fledgling baseball team only came to fruition last year, but starting next fall, it will be home to Wallenpaupack Area shortstop/pitcher Mitchell Guerrieri.

Good opportunity

Goldey-Beacom has actually been around for over 125 years and has was founded primarily as a business school.

There are more students there working on post-graduate degrees than those there in a baccalaureate program. For Guerrieri, who plans to study business and sports management, the academic appeal coupled with the almost guaranteed play time made his decision relatively easy.

“The program is just in its first year,” Mitchell said.

“There’s already a lot of guys there with junior college experience but they definitely want to grow the program and are looking to recruit from high schools to build for the future.”

Solid performer

“Mitchell has been starting at shortstop since freshman year,” said Paupack head coach Todd Schmalzle.

“Defensively he makes few mistakes and he’s fairly consistent at the plate.”

As a junior, Guerrieri batted .273. In 61 appearances at the plate he had a dozen hits, 13 walks, and struck out just four times. He batted in 13 and scored 13 runs as well.

That was a solid improvement on his sophomore season when he swung for .178 getting eight hits and six runs as well as a half-dozen RBIs.

He’s made similar strides on the hill over the past two seasons as well by improving from a 4.02 ERA in 10th grade to a 3.39 last season.

He moved from a 1-1 record as a sophomore to a 3-1 tally as a junior and with the extra time on the mound so came more Ks.

Mitch chalked up 13 as a sophomore and closed the season last spring with 25.

“He’s a fierce competitor,” Schmalzle said. “He’s put in a lot of time outside of the season in order to improve and he wants to be successful. He’s very intense and focused on getting the job done.”

Multi-faceted

Guerrieri supplements his Buckhorns baseball time by playing American Legion baseball for Hawley Post 311 and with Baseball U of Pennsylvania.

Additionally, he’s also played basketball for the Purple and White since freshman year as well and will most likely take to the hardwood as a senior, too.

Off the field, Mitchell serves as the current student council treasurer and is a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, the Friends of Rachel, and the newly formed Wallenpaupack athletic council.

While he’s also looking forward to another season on the Paupack diamond. Guerrieri is equally excited about playing at the college level.

“Andy Salzmann from Dunmore High School is a good friend,” Mitchell said.

“We both play for Baseball U and he’s also going to Goldey-Beacom. He had a lot to do with my decision to go there as well.”

Guerrieri joins with fellow Buckhorn and Baseball U players Austin Gilpin, Chris Brindle, and Aaron Husson who have also recently signed on to continue playing at the collegiate level following their graduation from Paupack this spring.