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Local Minor Leaguers Urban, Roberts Chasing Major Dreams

WINDBER -- Austin Urban and George Roberts haven't known each other long, but they share a bond that has them inching closer to their dream: Playing Major League Baseball.

Urban, a 2010 graduate of Richland High School, and Roberts, a 2009 Forest Hills grad, are minor league baseball players. Urban pitches for the Baltimore Orioles organization, while Roberts was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in June 2013. In a few weeks, each will head to different parts of the country -- Baltimore holds their Spring Training camp in Sarasota, Florida while the Diamondbacks hold camp in Scottsdale, Arizona -- but for the last few months, they have trained nearly every day at E.R.A Sports in Windber.

They only met in high school. The only time they've been paired as teammates was on AAABA franchise Delweld in 2010. Since then, their paths went opposite directions -- Austin jumped back and forth from Baltimore and Chicago Cubs organizations while Georg

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times