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Feb. 04, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Mercer County Hall of Fame inducts former SRU baseball player

Blasé Iorio, a 1972 Slippery Rock University physical education graduate and baseball team standout, is among a dozen athletes recently inducted to the Mercer County Hall of Fame.

The event was Jan. 19 in West Middlesex as part of the hall’s 66th anniversary banquet.

Iorio, who played multiple sports at Hickory [Sharon] High School, was a four-year baseball player at SRU where he also played football for two years. In 1971-72, he was named to the Tri-State College Coaches Association All-Star Team and in 1972 served as team captain leading the team in six offensive categories.

After graduating from SRU, he played independent baseball and softball, including terms with the Fabulous Goldstein’s baseball team in the Youngstown Class B. League. He played in the Shenango Valley Slow-Pitch Softball League from 1976-86 where he was league MVP in 1978.

Iorio later served as assistant football coach at Sharpsville High School and was a member of the West Penn Coaches Association. He coached the Sharpsville Little League from 1990-2000 and served on its board of directors. He was a volunteer with the Mercer County Challenger League and Special Olympics. He was founder of Prime Time Prep Players, a college recruiting consultant group.

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