DEDHAM, Mass. — You could make the argument that Jackson Phinney’s coming out party came about in Hartford. It was there — during an Area Code Games event last June — where Phinney was able to showcase his talents.
Game footage of Phinney already had been dispersed to several colleges, including the University of Pittsburgh, which came to the Connecticut event to watch Phinney in person. Following a recruiting trip to Western Pennsylvania in July, it wasn’t long after when the Panthers offered the Marshfield, Mass., native a scholarship, which he gladly accepted.
The senior catcher at Noble and Greenough School had weighed his options carefully as Michigan State, who also liked what it saw on film, was equally in the mix.
But what sold Phinney on Pitt was the city environment, the school’s campus, the Panthers coaching staff and, of course, the opportunity to play Division 1 ball in the highly-competitive Atlantic Coast Conference.