Anthony Vaglica '15 Thriving for N.Y. College Team

Anthony Vaglica '15 Thriving for N.Y. College Team

Former Greenie batting cleanup, catching for Long Island University Post

Anthony Vaglica '15 is right where he's meant to be, both with baseball and life. After spending the 2016 season at the University of South Carolina Upstate, Vaglica transferred to a college in his home state of New York. Long Island University Post is about a half-hour outside of where the Vaglica family lives in Franklin Square, N.Y. Vaglica has settled in nicely. He was named the Most Valuable Player of July's Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game. Now a junior at LIU Post, Vaglica is batting cleanup and catching for the Pioneers. Through nine games this season, he is hitting .324 with six RBIs, three doubles and a home run. Vaglica had just returned from a road trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., when he sat down for an alumni interview.

Question: I know the season started not that long ago, but what's your read on the LIU Post team so far?

Answer: We had a great season last year and lost some key guys, but we still have a similar team. There is a lot of talent in the lineup. Right now, we're struggling to finish games. Our relief pitching hasn't been up to par, but we'll get there.

Question: Since you are an upperclassmen, are you taking on a bigger role as a leader?

Answer: Definitely. Last year I was kind of the new guy (after transferring). I was more reserved. Even now, I don't have to be the most vocal guy. But when it comes to game time, I'm going to do what I can to keep us together. It goes with the job.

Question: What are you majoring in at LIU Post?

Answer: I am studying Business Administration. It's going pretty well. The reality is setting in though with how rigorous my schedule is at times.

Question: What do you recall about your time at Christ School?

Answer: I've probably never made a better decision than to come to Christ School. It was one of the biggest changes in my life. I put so much trust in (former Greenie baseball coach Pat James), and he turned me into a man.