Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: South Park's Nick Yobbi, Montour's Stacey Capp
School: South Park
Claim to fame: A South Carolina-Aiken recruit, Yobbi struck out seven batters in six innings April 10 to help the Eagles to a 13-0 win over Elizabeth Forward for the team's 10th win of the season. Yobbi is batting .565 with 16 RBI, 19 runs scored, and boasts a .762 on-base percentage. What are you doing that's allowed for so much success?
I think I'm more relaxed than I was last year. Batting, I'm hitting the ball where it's placed and not trying to do too much. On the mound, I'm just focusing on each pitch and not worrying about the last one or the one coming up.
What aspect of your game is your most dominant?
I'd have to say pitching. I think I just have good command of all three of my pitches, and I can attack and strike people out.
How good can the Eagles be this year?
I believe really good. Everyone's working hard and we're hitting the ball one through nine. We're getting some good pitching as well. As long as we play the way we've played, we'll be good in the long run.
Claim to fame: A Robert Morris recruit, Capp is batting .700 with 14 runs and 11 RBI for the Spartans, who are 7-2 overall and 5-2 in Section 2-AAA. Capp went 1 for 3 with an RBI in an 11-4 loss to Trinity on Monday and was 2 for 3 with a run against West Allegheny on Tuesday. Capp went 3 for 3 with three doubles in a 12-5 win over South Fayette on April 3.
What is the approach you're taking at the plate this year?
I would say I'm just taking it one pitch at a time every at bat and keeping it simple. It's the same approach I've always had, but I'm trying to stress it more this season.
What did you work on this offseason to come back strong?
I would definitely say I practiced my hitting and fielding at least twice a week ... maybe more than that. I'm always practicing and just trying to stay loose.
Do you have a major in mind?
I'm going to study graphic design. I've always been interested in art. So I want to do something that I'm passionate about.
— Brian Graham