PHOENIXVILLE - As an everyday catcher and vocal leader, Chris Demey has been a large part of Phoenixville’s drive toward the Pioneer Athletic Conference Final Four baseball playoffs this spring.
Demey has filled the bill for the Phantoms defensively, handling pitchers and with the bat.
Some colleges have taken notice of Demey’s abilities, and recently Demey announced his intentions to continue his academic and athletic careers at Division II Chestnut Hill College, which is located just outside Philadelphia.
Former Phoenixville standout infielder Jesse Daywalt went on to have a fine baseball career at Chestnut Hill. Daywalt is now an assistant baseball coach for the Griffins and played a big role in attracting Demey to that program.
“At first I was thinking about going to Ursinus,” said Demey. “But then coach (Bob) Spratt and coach Daywalt talked to me. I went to Chestnut Hill and fell in love with the coach, campus and everything about it.
“With Jesse, him coming from Phoenixville and having success there, I want to follow in his footsteps. I want to do the same thing pretty much.”
Catching has always been Demey’s forte. However, he did play the outfield as a junior as Phoenixville captured the District 1-AAA championship. The Phantoms had a logjam at catcher at the time because they had Jack Ashburn starting as catcher so Demey had to adapt to another position in order to stay in the starting lineup.
Demey has been a three-sport athlete at Phoenixville in football, swimming and baseball. Last fall as a first-year starting varsity quarterback, he passed for more than 1,000 yards as the Phantoms reached the District 1-AAA playoffs.
“I always excelled and I love football, but baseball has always been my first sport and main love,” said Demey. “Coach Spratt has really done a great job, and I wanted to add to that.”
Demey was joined at the announced by other members of his family as well as head baseball coach Jack Sturgeon and assistant coach Rob Huston.
“Chris has been a three-year letterwinner,” said Sturgeon. “This year he is one of the mainstays as our catcher. He has been a stalwart of the program. He was part of last year’s district championship team.”
Demey was accompanied by his parents, Dave and Tracey Demey, as well as younger sisters, Emily and Lexi.
Demey plans to major in political science in college.
Chestnut Hill finished with a 17-25 overall record this year, including 10-10 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC).
Already on the Griffins roster is Seamus Finnegan, a sophomore pitcher/first baseman from Collegeville and Archbishop Carroll High School. Finnegan is a 6-1, 220-pounder.