Article by Rick O’Brien, Staff Writer, for The Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Daniel Sabath played baseball, basketball, soccer, and ran track at Quakertown Christian School.
When he arrived at Dock Mennonite Academy, he decided to concentrate on being a stalwart pitcher and put the other sports behind him.
That move has reaped big dividends on the diamond for the 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior righthander and the Pioneers.
Riding the arm of Sabath, Dock owns a 16-2 record and is preparing to make a run at its third consecutive District 1 Class A championship and a repeat trip to the state playoffs.
Sabath is 7-1 with a 0.55 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 38 innings. He has allowed five runs (three earned), 16 hits, and 15 walks.
The 18-year-old from Perkasie mixes a fastball clocked in the mid-80-mph range, a slider, and an occasional change-up.
‘I try to stay in the strike zone and not waste too many pitches,’ Sabath said. ‘I want to be as aggressive as I can against every batter.’
Sabath began to develop his slider before his freshman season. ‘It’s hard for hitters to pick up the ball because it comes out of the same arm slot as my fastball, and it has the same speed,’ he said.
Last season, while earning Inquirer third-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania honors, Sabath went 12-0 with a 0.39 ERA and 80 whiffs in 54 innings.
When he was an eighth grader, Sabath began training regularly with Ed Melendez, Dock’s head coach, at an indoor facility in Hilltown.
‘He really understands the ins and outs of pitching,’ Sabath said. ‘And I like that he’s brutally honest. He’ll tell you if you’re doing something wrong.’
Sabath, a four-year varsity member whose fastball has topped out at 87 mph, began honing his skills with the Deep Run Valley Sports Association.
In addition to Sabath, who has committed to play at Philadelphia University, Dock’s pitching staff features No. 2 starter David Keller, Nolan Bolton, Connor Schnable, and Ryan Nichols.
At the plate, Bolton, a sophomore who doubles as a third baseman, is batting .468 with 20 runs, 20 RBIs, five doubles, two triples, and a home run.
‘He’s got a good hitter’s mind-set,’ Sabath said. ‘He does a great job of staying back on the curveball and ripping it.’
Other key offensive contributors are Keller, also a catcher, shortstop Andrew Walters, first baseman Justin Burkholder, and centerfielder Brian Miller.
Of Walters’ defensive skills, Sabath said, ‘He’s got crazy-fast hands. He’s very good at charging the ball and throwing on the run.'”