North Penn’s Jared Melone (36, right) is congratulated by Chris Kersey (3) after scoring a run against Coatesville in their PIAA Class AAAA
North Penn's Jared Melone (36, right) is congratulated by Chris Kersey (3) after scoring a run against Coatesville in their PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinal playoff contest at Spring-Ford High School on Thursday, June 6, 2013. (Mark C Psoras/The Reporter)

Numbers are big for Jared Melone.

There are the numbers the North Penn senior put up last season in helping the Knights baseball team win the Suburban One League Continental Conference. Then there are the ones he wants to work with in a future career in accounting.

Both helped Melone decide out his college destination, as the all-state selection verbally committed to La Salle University.

"I think it was a perfect fit for me,' said Melone Tuesday in a phone interview on picking the Explorers. "I'm interested in going to business school.'

Melone had received an offer from La Salle in May and announced his decision to attend the Division I school Sunday on Twitter.

Souderton’s Brett Hale (2) slides safely into third as North Penn’s Jared Melone (36) applies a late tag during their contest at North Penn
Souderton's Brett Hale (2) slides safely into third as North Penn's Jared Melone (36) applies a late tag during their contest at North Penn High School on Friday, April 25, 2014. (Mark C Psoras/The Reporter)

La Salle finished 14-34-1 overall and 9-15-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2014 under head coach Mike Lake.

"Their record wasn't that great last year, but (the A-10 is) really good baseball,' Melone said.

Brian Maher, who played with Melone on North Penn's PIAA Class AAAA championship title in 2013, finished his freshman year with the Explorers. Maher and Melone were also teammates on the Bux-Mont American Legion's Nor-Gwyn Hawks this summer.

"Maher's funny. I like playing with him,' Melone said. "I'm sure he'll teach me some stuff.'


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As a junior, Melone finished with a .500 (33-for-66) batting average and a .514 on-base percentage in 19 games for North Penn, which went 12-7 overall and 10-4 in the SOL Continental, clinching the conference crown with a 6-4 victory over Pennridge in NP's regular-seaosn finale. The Knights, however, lost to Unionville 8-1 in the District 1-AAAA first round.

"I was happy with myself, I would have liked to gone farther in the playoffs, definitely,' said Melone of the season.

Melone led North Penn in multiple categories, including hits, extra-base hits (10), home runs (6) and RBIs (23) and was named to the SOL Continental's first team at shortstop after making the switch from third base midway through the season.

"I haven't played shortstop since travel baseball when I was like 12,' he said. "I learned a lot from (Chris) Kersey, made a lot of adjustments.'

Melone was also one of four Suburban One League players to make the Pennsylvania High School Baseball Coaches Association's Class AAAA All-State team, earning first-team honors at middle infield.

"I just wanted to help the team win,' Melone said. "At the end of the season, I saw my numbers were doing really good.'

In July, Melone played in the Big 26 Classic for Team Pennsylvania, which was coached by North Penn head coach Kevin Manero. In Game 1 of the three-game series against Team Maryland at the Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg, Melone collected three hits — two for doubles —in a 13-1 win.

Also this summer, Melone played with the Tri-State Arsenal travel team and helped Nor-Gwyn win the Bux-Mont regular season title, which qualified them for the Pennsylvania Region 2 Tournament.

As a sophomore for North Penn in 2013, Melone had a .416 batting average and collected a few multiple hits games in the postseason as the Knights won the PIAA Class AAAA title with a nine-inning win over Lower Dauphin. He was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the state final. In the quarterfinals against Coatesville, Melone went 3-for-3 with two doubles in an 11-1 six-inning win.

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