GEYA Baseball 2001-2007
Oakland Athletics - Drafted in 2018
Pat Krall played GEYA Baseball from 2001-2007. He then went on to play baseball for Downingtown West HS where he earned 3 Varsity letters for the Whippets. Twice, he was named to All Chesmont Honors. At the end of his senior year of HS in 2013, he helped lead the Downingtown Senior Legion Team to the County and State American Legion Championships. After HS, he enrolled at Temple University where he was the top reliever for the Owls. The school dropped baseball and he was then recruited to play at Clemson University. While playing for the Tigers, he accumulated a 20-9 record in 208.2 innings pitched with a 2.89 ERA , and was twice named to the All ACC 2nd team. During his Junior Year he was a Gregg Olson Award semifinalist, National Pitcher-of-the-Year Watch List member, first-team All-American by Perfect Game and became the first Tiger reliever to earn first-team All-America honors since 1995. He became the first Tiger reliever to earn All-ACC honors since 2004 and won the Stowe Award, given to the team’s most valuable pitcher. He was the first Clemson Tiger ever to win ACC Scholar-Athlete-of-the-Year. He graduated Clemson University in 2017 with a degree in Business Management – Supply Chain and a 3.65 GPA. That same year he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 28th round of the MLB Draft.
January 20, 1955 – August 9, 2012
Mike Callaghan had been a part of our community as a father, a husband, a friend, a coach and a mentor. Mike had been involved with GEYA for well over ten years. More recently, in 2010, Mike helped coach the only 12U Little League team from GEYA that won the District 28 Title, the Section 7 Title and competed in the State Little League Championship.
Mike had a natural instinct of looking at a player and would see his true potential and talent… evident or a “diamond in the rough.” He could see through the layers to the true ability of a player and would work with him to help develop him into a “better” player and develop that talent – be it tweaking a batting stance, tracking a ball, teaching a new pitch, etc. However, in many cases, this happened by instructing the individual to dig deep inside themselves, teaching them to be confident and to never give up. With hard work, good things will come.
When Mike coached, in addition to helping develop the players’ skills, he also impressed upon them the meaning of good sportsmanship. His mantra: “Win with Respect. Lose with Dignity. And always be a gentleman.”
Many of us that have had the privilege to know Mike, both on and off the field, know that he was one of the “good guys.” He was truly in it for the kids and the love of the game. His passion was infectious to all!
PAST GEYA DISTRICT & SECTIONAL CHAMPIONS