Dunmore’s Forgione Uses Speed, Bat, Glove on Diamond

By Steve Svetovich

Dunmore shortstop-center fielder Max Forgione utilized his speed, bat and glove in a big way as a freshman this past season.

Son of Derek and Autumn Forgione, Dunmore, Max, 15, hit .481 as a freshman. He had a .632 on base percentage, one homer, 12 stolen bases, 17 runs, five doubles, 13 hits and a .777 slugging percentage. He also had a 3.63 ERA as a pitcher.

A noted speedster, Max talked about what it takes to be a solid hitter in high school baseball. “You need to focus on what you are doing in the moment,” he said. “You need to be able to hit a line drive up the middle or in the gaps.”

Confident by nature, Max said he has learned a lot from Dunmore veteran baseball coach Sid Hallinan. “He played shortstop too, so I learned a lot about infield mechanics from him. He also wants to win. I like that.”

Max said his parents teach him a lot. “They teach me to be humble,” he said. “They tell me hard work always pays off.”

The scrappy Forgione said he is trying to build on his natural speed. “I practice sprints on the football field all the time,” he said. “It helps.”

The hard hitter said he is playing summer travel ball for Baseball U. He enjoys listening to music in his spare time and would like to see Macklemore in concert.

Multi-talented, Max is a guard on the Dunmore basketball team.

He talked about his future goals.

The slick fielding shortstop talked about his freshman season for Dunmore. “I thought it was a good one,” he said. “We started slow, but then we had a really good stretch and started to roll. I started slow as well, but improved with the team. We definitely got better as a team as the season went along.”

“I want to play Division I college baseball. I’m not sure what I want to major in yet. I am thinking about colleges like St. Joseph’s University, James Madison, University of Virginia and Boston College. They are all good baseball schools.”

Max said he has been playing travel baseball since age eight and continues to hone his skills this summer at Baseball U.

The stalwart shortstop said he expects to pitch more for Dunmore in the future. “I definitely would like to improve my pitching and help more on the mound.”

He enjoyed his freshman year at Dunmore. “I really had a lot of fun. I had some great times with all of my teammates. The seniors on the team pushed us to be the best. I am looking forward to my next three years at Dunmore.”

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