College Edition Jun. 2012 - Page 54

COLUMBIAROUGH DRAFT FROM LITTLE LEAGUE HERO TO COLUMBIA STANDOUT, DARIO PIZZANO EYES MLB DRAFT By Jerry Del Priore Photos by Columbia athletics Dario Pizzano relishes the role of being “the guy” his teammates are counting on to come up big during crunch time. Perhaps it has something to do with being thrust into baseball’s limelight at an early age. At 12, Pizzano was a member of the 2003 Saugus (Mass.) American Ameri- can Little League all-star team American Little League all-star team Little League All-Star team that took New England by storm, making it all the way to the Little League World Series U.S. championship game against Boynton Beach, Fla., at historic LaMade Stadium in Williamsport, Pa. “I loved the atmosphere, I loved the pressure,” Pizzano said of the memorable little league run that saw him come through in the clutch several times, garnering a great deal of local and national media hype and fan in-terest for him and his teammates. “First o, it was one of the best experiences of my life. Til’ this day I love being 54 ULTIMATE ATHLETE MAGAZINE