Whenever he takes the mound, Whitnall senior pitcher Josh Serio knows just what he is going to do.
"I will go right at the batters," Serio said. "I will give them my best stuff, and if they hit it, I'll say, kudos to you."
That simple philosophy helped Serio put together a season that could best be described as dominating.
A tiny ERA
He posted a miniscule earned-run average of 0.23 while striking out 114 batters in 60 2/3 innings, which comes out to nearly two per inning, while walking only 15.
Serio fashioned no-hitters against Greenfield, striking out 14, and St. Francis, fanning 11 in five innings. He also tossed a one-hitter against Cudahy, striking out 16.
He finished up in a WIAA first-round regional game against Cudahy, working the final two innings and allowing nothing more than a chopper right in front of the plate that went for a scratch hit.
Whitnall head coach Ben Krey said at the time that putting Serio in the game at that point was almost like shortening the game to five innings.
Serio's overall record was a misleading 6-3. His three losses came by scores of 1-0 to Muskego's Josh Breider, 2-0 to Wauwatosa West's Austin Jones and 2-1 to South Milwaukee.
For all his accomplishments on the mound, Serio is recognized as a member of the 2013 NOW Newspapers All-Suburban pitching staff.
Krey said Serio is a classic power pitcher with a highly-effective fastball and curveball, and even after a grueling high school season, Serio has lost nothing off his fastball.
"He went with the Racine Hitters (select traveling team) to Cincinnati last week, and he was throwing in the 90's (miles per hour) again," Krey said. "I am looking forward to watching him play college ball."
Serio will play at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside next spring, and ironically enough, he will be teammates with none other than Muskego's Breider, who bested him in the classic 1-0 WIAA regional contest last month.
"I was very pumped to face him," Serio said of Breider. "We have a bit of a rivalry here. We figured whoever won that game would have the bragging rights going to Parkside."
Breider, who plays alongside Serio on the Racine Hitters as well, is also looking forward to next season.
"I'm excited about playing with him," Breider said. "He throws 90 miles per hour, and he is a good pitcher and a good guy."
Good hitter too
Serio, who is also a strong hitter with a .362 average and a team-high 17 runs batted in for the Falcons, plans to major in criminal justice at Parkside.
That seems appropriate, since Serio certainly laid down the law to opposing batters this season.
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