Keystone State Baseball & Softball Academy
Owner / Executive Director
Baseball & Softball Instruction (Weekdays only 3:00pm - 5:00pm)
Prep Baseball Report
Pennsylvania / West Virgina Director of Scouting
Greg Williams is the acting Executive Director of Keystone State Baseball and Softball Academy. He began his role at Keystone State on October 1 of 2014 while also moving the offices of Prep Baseball Report to the 662 Ditz Drive location in Manheim, PA. Williams continues his role with Prep Baseball Report while also overseeing operations of the Academy and its employees.
Williams began as Pennsylvania’s Director of Scouting in June of 2012 and oversees the day to day operations of PBR in the commonwealth. He was a four year starter in the outfield for Slippery Rock University, acting as the captain of the 1989 Division II third place team that won 42 games. Williams was an All-PSAC performer that season, was a member of the North Atlantic Regional All-Tournament Team and was named to the Division II World Series All-Tournament Team as well. He has spent the past 25 years involved in the game. Williams worked in the Houston Astros Organization, coached high school baseball in Florida and Pennsylvania, and most recently was a full time high school athletic administrator. During his tenure as the head coach at Meadville HS, Williams led the Bulldogs to a 66-35 overall record, and the only two District 10 Championships in school history in 2002 and 2003.
Shaun Vernesoni is the Director of the Keystone State Bombers travel baseball and softball program, overseeing 11 Bombers baseball and 2 Bombers softball teams. He is also the Director of Instruction at the Academy, specializing in hitting and defensive instruction. Vernesoni is also an area scout for Prep Baseball Report and the San Diego Padres.
He played his high school baseball in Northwestern Pennsylvania at Meadville High School and was a member of two District 10 championship teams while being coached by Greg Williams.
Joe Hruska is the Assistant Director of the Keystone State Bombers travel baseball and softball program, overseeing 11 Bombers baseball and 2 Bombers softball teams. He is also a full time instructor at the Academy, specializing in hitting and defensive instruction. Hruska is also an area scout for Prep Baseball Report.
Hruska coached high school baseball in Western Pennsylvania as well as American Legion baseball in West Virginia and Pennsylvania for more than a decade before making the move to Eastern Pennsylvania in the fall of 2017.
Kevin Leitzel joined the Keystone State Staff in November of 2014. Previously he spent four years as an assistant coach with the Bloomsburg University Huskies. In 2012 he helped guide the Huskies to 25 wins, the most by the program since 1999 and just the fourth time they reached that mark in the program’s history. In 2014 he was part of a record breaking season for the Huskies which saw them break the program record for conference wins and secured the 2nd seed from the PSAC East. He has coached ten All-PSAC players including the 2013 and 2014 Freshman of the Year. Leitzel was the Recruiting Coordinator, 1st Base Coach, outfield coach and assisted Coach Collins with the Huskies' offense. The Huskies had a .300 team batting average in each of his three years and the outfielders improved upon their fielding percentage and outfield assists each season.
Leitzel spent the 2012 summer coaching the Licking County Settlers of the Great Lakes Collegiate League. He was the associate Head Coach and helped lead the Settlers to their first GLSCL Championship in organization history. He also had two players from that team selected in the 2013 MLB Draft. In addition to his coaching duties, Leitzel directed the Huskies' baseball camp programs. The Huskies offer a one-week summer camp as well as five clinics throughout the academic year. Leitzel joined the Huskies coaching staff after working for All-Star Baseball Academy in West Chester and serving one year as the varsity assistant at Line Mountain High School.
Melvin Dorta brings a wealth of playing, coaching and instruction background to Keystone State Academy. Melvin may be contacted directly by email or by phone.
Gorski, a Donegal High School graduate, had his contract purchased this summer by the New York Mets, the organization he was drafted by in the seventh-round of the 2009 MLB draft. Gorski had played his first seven years of professional baseball in the Mets organization prior to begining the summer of 2016 with the Somerset Patriots.
The southpaw pitched with Triple-A Las Vegas in 2013, 2014 and 2015, including 27 starts with the 51’s last year. The Mount Joy, Pennsylvania native made 11 starts with the Somerset Patriots this season, posting a 4-2 record with a 3.88 ERA. His 60.1 innings of work were second on the team, behind lefty Jeremy Horst, whose contract was purchased earlier in the season by Vaqueros Laguna of the Mexican League. Gorski made waves in the Mets organization in 2011, when he earned Florida State League Pitcher of the Year honors. That season, he posted an 11-3 record and led the league in ERA (2.08), WHIP (1.00) and finished third in strikeouts (140).
After turning in arguably the most productive four-year career in Millersville baseball history, shortstop Tyler Orris was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 33rd round of of the 2016 MLB First Year Player Draft. In his first year of professional baseball Orris, a Cedar Cliff High School graduate, fielded 161 chances without committing an error at shortstop and second base for a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
Orris was an All-Atlantic Region Second Team selection by the ABCA, D2CCA and NCBWA in 2016. He was also a two-time All-PSAC East selection. With Orris on the team, the Marauders went 177-52 and played in seven different championship games.
Chris Mattison was selected in the 16th Round of the 2016 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft by the San Diego Padres out of Southeastern University. The Lancaster Catholic High School graduate became the highest drafted player in Fire baseball history, and is the third player taken in the last four years.
The Padres selected Mattison as a catcher. He also saw time on the mound as well as first base for the Fire.
Buchko played collegiately four four years at Cecil College, a Junior College in Maryland, and at Palm Beach Atlantic University, an NCAA Division II program in the Sunshine State Conference. He was the starting catcher of the 2011 Junior College World Series team that finished 5th in the nation. Buchko received the ICAA Player of the Year in 2013 while playing in Florida. Currently he is finishing his degree in Early Childhood Education at Millersville University where he has been a student Assistant Coach the past two years working with the catchers, 1st basemen and hitters. Buchko has also been giving weekly catching and hitting lessons with players aged 6-18 over the past two years.
Mark Jones is a 2009 graduate of Manheim Township High School. He played outfield and pitched for the Blue Streaks Varsity team for two years before signing to start his collegiate career at Cecil Community College in North East, MD. Prior to starting his collegiate baseball career, Mark was drafted in the 22nd round (671st overall) by the Houston Astros. He played two seasons with the Gulf Coast League Astros and one season with the Greeneville Astros.
Jones was named 1st team All-Star and 1st team All-State his senior year of high school. He was also named to the Gulf Coast League All-Star team in 2010. He was the pitching coach with the Keystone State Bombers 17U showcase travel baseball team in 2013, playing a hand in all 16 members of that year's roster making college baseball commitments.
Coach Sylvester recently completed her first year as the Head Coach at Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD. Without the benefit of having an opportunity to recruit an incoming freshman class Sylvester led her team to a 12-26 finish including a 6-12 conference mark.Sylvester spent the previous two years as Penn State-Berks assistant softball coach. In both seasons, Berks won the NEAC conference championship and competed in the NCAA Regional Tournament. Coach Sylvester primarily served as the pitcher, catcher and outfielder coach. The accomplishments of Berks’ pitching staff included: two NEAC South Division Pitcher-of-the Year awards,16 shut-outs, including a perfect game with 11 strike-outs, and a collective ERA that ranked in the top 25% nationally.
Sylvester is a proud member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, and is a softball instructor at Keystone State Baseball and Softball Academy. She earned two Master of Education degrees (sports management and English) from Millersville University. Sylvester received a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from Brooklyn College, and during her senior season, she was the pitch-calling catcher for a phenomenal lefty, Jaime Bellettini. Their pitching-catching synergy resulted in Bellettini’s 2.24 ERA and ranking 2nd nationally in NCAA DIII for her 12.7 Strikeout Average per seven innings. After that 2006 season, Sylvester relocated from New York City to Lancaster County, Pa., where she currently resides.
Julie Williams, wife of Executive Director Greg Williams, is a career physical education teacher. She has her bachelor's and master's degrees in exercise science from Slippery Rock University. Julie spent three years as a Coordinator of Wellness at Leesburg Regional Hospital in Central Florida prior to moving into education. She brings 23 years of teaching and coaching experience with her to her new role at Keystone State Academy.
Julie coordinates the player check-in area at all Prep Baseball Report events, handles player profile photos and videos, and coordinates the distribution of scouting materials to all scouts in attendance.