Westhill's McAvoy to play baseball at Bryant

Kevin McAvoy, a central figure in Westhill's baseball team earning its second consecutive state Class B championship, is heading for the Division I ranks.

McAvoy has committed to Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., signing his letter of intent Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in a ceremony at the Westhill High School library.

As a junior, McAvoy missed the early part of the season due to injury, but was healed by the time Westhill hit the Section III playoffs. From there, he took over, winning five of the Warriors' post-season games (including a sectional finals win over state no. 1-ranked Bishop Ludden) and closing out the state final.

McAvoy was recruited to Bryant by its new head coach, Steve Owens, who served as coach at LeMoyne College (and before that, at SUNY-Cortland) before going to Bryant this summer.

Overall for 2010, McAvoy had a 7-1 record and, in 52 innings of work, struck out 78 batters with a 0.55 earned run average. He was a first-team All-OHSL Liberty division selection and second-team All-Central New York and All-State.

During the summer, McAvoy pitched for the Syracuse Sports Zone Braves, and also was on the mound at the Empire State Games, helping the Central region team earn a silver medal. He also was a reserve on Westhill's 2010 state Class B championship basketball team and is an Honor Roll student and member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.

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