Saturday, April 30, 2022 | 7:20 PM

Maddie Griffin

School: Ligonier Valley

Activity: Softball

Year: Senior

Assert to fame: A person of the most dominant arms in the WPIAL, Griffin pitched the fifth best recreation of her large college occupation, executing so in head-turning fashion Monday as she struck out all 21 in a 3- victory around Seton La Salle.

Griffin, a Youngstown State commit, now has 13 no-hitters and 24 shutouts around this season and last.

She improved to 5-2 on the time with a a single-hit, 17-strikeout effectiveness the next day in a 9- victory in excess of Brentwood. She went 2 for 3 in an 8-3 gain around Steel Valley that stretched the Rams’ winning streak to eight.

Griffin then struck out 15 in a two-strike shutout, 12-, towards Brentwood. She also experienced three hits in that sport.

What did your fantastic game convey to you about the point out of your pitching?

That what my pitching coach, Rick Shaheen, and my dad, have been telling me is performing. I was obtaining a lot of mechanical difficulties to start off the time for the reason that I took a whole lot of time off in the winter.

Why the time off?

I desired to put together for the playoffs this 12 months. Last 12 months, I was fatigued by the condition championship, so I am hoping to preserve myself for a WPIAL and, with any luck ,, a state run.

Where does your competitive travel appear from?

My personal push arrives from attempting to be the very best. My dad says that I am the most aggressive individual he has at any time spoken to.

What are some illustrations of your competitiveness off the discipline?

In the classroom, I am generally striving to get the finest grade in the course. I research far more than I need to occasionally since of that. I acquired 3rd in the condition in the FBLA accounting function.

How significantly credit rating goes to your catcher, Sydney Foust?

I can inform Syd performs challenging on her possess to grow to be a superior catcher, and it actually showed on Monday. By her framing the pitch for an further next it makes it possible for the pitch to appear additional plausible, which, naturally, helps me a good deal. I like to paint the corners, and that added inch she provides me is incredibly crucial.

Do you have all 5 of your best-sport balls jointly somewhere?

I have the ball from my initial best video game from freshman yr and the 21-K great activity jointly. I didn’t maintain the rest simply because I strive for perfection at this place, so it doesn’t bounce off the webpage to me anymore.

Could you hit one particular of your pitches? If so, which just one?

If I was pitching to myself, I would definitely strike out. If there was one particular pitch I think I could probably hit it would be a increase mainly because getting a slap hitter I was taught to remain on top of the ball.

Who would enjoy Maddie Griffin in a film about Maddie Griffin?

I love Florence Pugh. So I would want her to portray me in a movie.

Who would play coach Mark Zimmerman?

It might be Morgan Freeman for the reason that every single time I listen to his voice I sense like I’m going to be told a everyday living lesson.

Are you the bookworm or prankster on the group?

Truthfully, I’m both equally. I have pretty good grades, but I’m also the most outspoken and humorous human being on the crew. Sydney Foust is the primary outlet to my jokes. She mostly just offers me a silent glare while. I can not convey to if she is laughing internally or plotting my demise.

What past pro athletics event you attend if you could go again in time?

Definitely a Steelers Super Bowl. Considering that I was also youthful to go to or even comprehend what was likely on it would be wonderful to come to feel the enjoyment with my dad, who is a die tricky Steelers supporter.

Vans or cowboy boots?

Vans for absolutely sure. Residing in Ligonier, I experience out of area when I say I never like looking or the outdoor all that a great deal.

Tik Tok or Wordle?

TikTok. When I get a opportunity to take it easy I do not want to spend it pondering about terms.

Starbucks or Dunkin?

Any person who has found me at school for the past two several years is aware of it is Starbucks. I get a drink from there nearly just about every working day.

Idlewild or Kennywood?

Idlewild when I was more youthful. Kennywood now.

NetFlix or in-particular person videos?

If we are conversing about Marvel flicks, I will view all those in the theater above Netflix any day.

Have you ever experimented with to pitch or hit a baseball?

Of course. I unsuccessful miserably at throwing a baseball mainly because it is so distinct from a softball.

Have you at any time signed an autograph? Did you practice your signature first?

I have yet to give out an autograph but I have practiced before. I have had people today knock on my car window to question if I’m the pitcher from Ligonier while.

Dylan Grabowski

University: Penn-Trafford

Sport: Baseball

Yr: Junior

Declare to fame: Grabowski picked up a big win for the Warriors on Tuesday by tossing a a single-hit, 5 inning shutout in opposition to McKeesport. Grabowski struck out 10 and aided his cause by driving in two runs with a double. He is 1-1 this time with 33 strikeouts in 21 innings and an Era of 2.00. When he’s not pitching, he plays next foundation.

How major was the acquire in opposition to McKeesport? We were being coming off a reduction to them, and we desired it to bounce again. I experienced superior control and fantastic command of all 4 of my pitches (fastball, curveball, improve-up and knuckleball).

You’re in the operating for next place in the part, and you have a massive sequence from 1st-spot Latrobe. What is the critical to beating them? We’re likely to throw our very best pitchers at them: Nolan Marasti and myself. The reduction Friday to Plum was tough, so we have to have to bounce back again and finish robust.

You have a handful of football gamers on the crew. Due to the fact they gained the WPIAL and PIAA title, what type of mentality do they bring to the field? Nolan, Jakob Haynes and Jacob Otto convey a specified self-assurance to the industry. They never like to reduction.

What are the workforce ambitions this period? Since winning the portion is not feasible, we want to make the WPIAL playoffs and go as far as we can. We definitely want to win the WPIAL title.

When you check out MLB, is there any player you like to look at? I like to check out a large amount of players, particularly Ke’Bryan Hayes. He plays hard and he has a large amount of coronary heart.

Is there something you do prior to a activity? I do a whole lot of stretching and use the plyo ball to aid my pitching. I use it to loosen up.

Is there any unique music you like to hear to? Not seriously. I like all songs.

Is there a beloved meal you like the most? I like all Italian foods, so I guess spaghetti and meatballs that my mom can make the finest.

Monthly bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Evaluation Team Author. You can get hold of Bill by e mail at [email protected] or by way of Twitter .

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