Major league draftee, priest-coach find faith on baseball diamond

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September 9, 2015

Ryan Uhl, a parishioner of Sacred Heart Parish, St. Marys, Pa., catches a ball during a game in late June. Uhl was picked in the 7th round of the Major League Baseball draft this summer. He's currently playing for the Seattle Mariners' minor league team, the Everett AquaSox. (CNS photo/Shari Sommerfeld, courtesy Everett AquaSox ) See BASEBALL-HEAVEN Sept. 9, 2015.

Ryan Uhl, a parishioner of Sacred Heart Parish, St. Marys, Pa., catches a ball during a game in late June. Uhl was picked in the 7th round of the Major League Baseball draft this summer. He’s currently playing for the Seattle Mariners’ minor league team, the Everett AquaSox. (CNS photo/Shari Sommerfeld, courtesy Everett AquaSox )

ST. MARYS, Pa. (CNS) — For those who love baseball, Berwind Park in the small Elk County community of St. Marys is a field of dreams.

In fact, it was at that ballpark this summer where Benedictine Father Eric Vogt made a prediction: Ryan Uhl, one of his young parishioners at Sacred Heart Parish in St. Marys would be drafted by a big league team.

Father Vogt walked onto the Berwind Park diamond where Uhl’s dad, Jeff, was working one day in early June. They talked about how several major league teams were scouting 22-year-old Ryan Uhl throughout his senior year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, when he led NCAA Division II schools in home runs.

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