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Indians Pitcher to Throw at Fairleigh Dickinson University
Written by Bradley Schlegel Correspondent


Upper Perk Indians baseball player Chris Kachmar, center, signed a letter of intent Monday to play for Division I Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J. Standing behind him are his parents, John and Sharon, and Coach Frank Mercon.

                Chris Kachmar's mother describes him as quietly competitive.  "Whether we're playing Pinochle or Yahtzee, and Chris loses, he just wants to play again." Sharon Kachmar said. "You know there's going to be a rematch."

                A senior at Upper Perkiomen High School, Kachmar has parlayed that determination on the baseball field into a college scholarship. He recently signed a letter of intent to pitch at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

                A combination of academic and athletic money will cover approximately 60 percent of the cost to attend the Division I school in Teaneck, N.J.

                Kachmar, who also considered competing at Millersville, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and the University of Hartford, said he will receive the opportunity to pitch for the Knights as a freshman.  "Eventually, the goal is to become a starting pitcher," he said. "But that first year, I'll fill whatever role I can. They have a bunch of real good arms."

                At 6-foot-3, 160 pounds, the right hander has the ability to compete in the Northeast Conference, according to Frank Mercon, Upper Perkiomen's head baseball coach.

                Mercon said he thinks Kachmar, who relies mostly on a four-seam fastball with a velocity between 83 and 86 mph, has the body, stuff and mindset to pitch beyond college.

                The coach said the pitcher resembles a bulldog, someone who can handle adversity, on the mound.  "He did it very well last season," Mercon said of Kachmar. "We had plenty of it."

                This past spring, Kachmar emerged as the ace for the Indians, who went 5-14 overall.

                The pitcher displayed the poise of a team captain in a loss to Methacton "a phenomenal hitting team," according to Mercon.  The coach said that despite a discrepancy over pitch selection, Kachmar expressed his desire to have everyone competing at the same level as him.  "He didn't do it in a demeaning way," Mercon said. "He expects everyone to be focused and working hard."

                Kachmar's first career start for the Indians, as a sophomore, provided evidence that he could pitch at the next level, according to the coach.  "I threw him to the wolves," Mercon said.

                In a 3-2 victory over visiting Boyertown, Kachmar earned the win by allowing just one earned run and three hits in five innings.  "I was nervous in the beginning for sure," Kachmar said. "I wanted to throw strikes. I got through the first couple innings and settled down."

                Individually, Kachmar expects to spend the winter refining his pitching repertoire. He said the team expects to qualify for the Pioneer Athletic Conference and District One playoffs.

                "We've got quite a few seniors," Kachmar said.

                Mercon said he would be disappointed if the Indians failed to reach the district playoffs in 2015.






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