Kensington High baseball standout Zion Spearman will be headed to the University of Pittsburgh. Spearman, an All-Public League selection, is looking forward to playing for the Panthers.
The 5-foot-10, 220-pound outfielder, played some great baseball this season. He starred for Kensington leading them to the Public League playoffs, but also did extremely well playing for his travel team, the East Cobb Astros in Georgia, and competing against some of the top scholastic players in the country.
Spearman had a good year academically graduating from Reach Cyber Charter, which is Pennsylvania’s newest statewide online public charter school for students in grades K-12. His efforts on and off the field have prepared him for Division I baseball.
“The opportunity is going to be great,” Spearman said. “The ACC [Atlantic Coast Conference] is one of the best conferences in the U.S. You’re playing against good competition every weekend. It’s going to prepare me for the next level.”
Spearman batted .594 and had 26 RBI, 17 stolen bases and scored 22 runs while leading Kensington to a 12-5 overall and a 9-3 league record this season. He hit .481 with 14 RBI while scoring 10 runs for the East Cobb Astros. Spearman was recruited by several Division I baseball programs but he feels the Panthers’ baseball program is a good fit for him.
“Pittsburgh is close to home,” he said. “I like where the program is going. The new coach Mike Bell told me about his plans to win. I’m all about winning.”
Speaking of winning, Spearman has played a lot of great baseball throughout his career. He played for the Taney Dragons with pitching sensation Mo’ne Davis in the 2014 Little League World Series in Williamsport. Even before he played with the Taney Dragons, he had a good foundation for the game
“The experience was pretty fun,” Spearman said. It’s compared to no other. When you’re a kid, it’s like all these people for you. It was a great part of my life.
“I guess when I was about nine my grandfather took me down to the Lakes FDR [South Philadelphia]. I started out with wiffle ball. He saw I had potential. Then, I went into pitching machines.”
Spearman has grown and developed over the years. He seems to be ready to play major college baseball at the University of Pittsburgh.