Piscotty retires from baseball

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) The Vermont Lake Monsters announced this week that third baseman, Austin Piscotty, has retired.

Piscotty played in 5 games for Vermont. He had 2 hits in 14 plate appearances.

Austin's older brother Stephen plays outfield for the Oakland A's. Stephen started his career in St. Louis, but was traded to Oakland last offseason so he could be closer to home to help care for his mother, who was battling ALS.

"She understands how much we love the game and love playing and how big of a piece it is in our lives," Austin Piscotty said. "But she was also there to help us understand that there's more to life than just baseball. There is experiences to go out and do, places to visit."

Gretchen Piscotty lost her battle with ALS back in May. In Stephen's first game back after her death, he hit a homerun against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The next month, Oakland drafted Austin Piscotty in the 38th round and later assigned him to the Lake Monsters.