Varsity baseball honors: Liberty’s Andy Pitsilos is The Morning Call’s coach of the year

Andy Pitsilos looks good in Liberty High School’s creme-colored, pinstriped baseball uniforms.

Pitsilos looks good in any baseball uniform because it seems it’s what he’s always wearing.

Pitsilos is a baseball lifer. At age 52, he still plays for one of the area’s senior leagues

and still plays well. Truth is, if he had to choose between playing and coaching, he’d probably play.

Fortunately, Pitsilos can do both and, as long as he’s around the game that’s been a part of his life from the day he was born

Pitsilos has been the Hurricanes’ head coach for 20 seasons

 In 2022, his team became the story of local baseball with a remarkable run to the PIAA Class 6A title game at Penn State.

While Liberty came up short against Warwick in the finals

the program continues to be one of the most consistently successful in local scholastic baseball 

In becoming The Morning Call’s coach of the year, Pitsilos provided a firm

 steady hand for a talented, but inexperienced group that grew more comfortable as the games got bigger.

After a disappointing 1-0 loss to Nazareth in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals

Liberty went back to basics. The team didn’t look back, but forward, following Pitsilos’ “next pitch” mantra.

The result was a memorable six-game win streak that carried the Hurricanes to their third District 11 championship since 2017 and three state playoff wins.