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DeMieri helps Kids to victory

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 by jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

Upon graduation, Nick DeMieri plans to enter the military. It is a route that he recently planned, a trek that will help him serve others as well as his country.

Throughout his baseball career at Northampton the past few years, DeMieri has followed a similar path. He hasn’t relished being in the spotlight as arguably the Konkrete Kids’ top hurler, but he would rather be viewed as doing what he can to help his team.

It is his selfless approach that could produce some high rankings for DeMieri this year and beyond.

The team’s No. 1 pitcher, DeMieri struck out five and allowed five hits in the team’s 14-3 opening-game victory over Catasauqua on March 24. Last season, DeMieri was 3-1 with a 1.07 ERA in 52 innings

“Nick came into his own last year,” said Kids’ head coach Mick Sugra. “He has developed his pitches and has been a good mentor to our younger players. He will be the backbone of our pitching staff this year.”

Knowing this is his senior year, DeMieri has decided to stay the course.

“I haven’t approached it any differently,” he said in reference to the year. “We reached some goals and made some strides last year getting past the first round of districts.

“But this year is this year. Sure, there is some extra drive to get as far as we can and to win a championship.”

That determination can be fueled by a veteran core that is spearheaded by DeMieri.

“There are a lot of older guys here, more than last year,” he said. “The older guys have to help mentor the younger guys, especially if someone gets hurt so they can step in. When I was younger, I was appreciative of how the older players helped me.”

DeMieri logged some lengthy innings as a sophomore, and he then took on a larger role in his junior year where he began sort everything out.

“The experience I had last year really helped me,” said DeMieri, who throws a fastball, change-up, curveball, and two-seam fastball. “I found out what to throw and when. If I let up one bad pitch, it led to a bad inning.”

He also doesn’t need a label placed on him.

“I really don’t look at myself as being the number one guy,” said DeMieri. “There are other guys who work as hard as me and who throw the same. But this team can always rely on me. I just don’t think about being named as a certain type of pitcher.”

DeMieri, who began playing the game in T-ball, tries to remain calm on the mound. Like his approach to life, DeMieri does whatever he can.

“Coach Sugra always tells us to stay loose,” he said. “I try not to always think about what I’m doing because then I tend to make a mistake. I’m the type of pitcher who can be approached before a game.

“I just try to enjoy what I’m doing for the team.”

DeMieri wouldn’t want it any other way.