Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Penn-Trafford's Ross Orgera, Greensburg Central Catholic's Julia Lang
By Andrew John
Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Claim to fame: Orgera, who was 2-1 with a 2.30 ERA in the regular season, was the winning pitcher and went 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBI as Penn-Trafford (13-7, 9-3) earned a 10-5 win over Norwin on May 6. Orgera, who struck out 26 batters during the regular season, allowed six hits in a 4-3 loss to Central Catholic in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs Monday. Orgera missed three games with a shoulder injury during the season before returning for the win over Norwin.
“I honestly couldn't have done anything without my team behind me,” Orgera said. “We built trust and faith in each other and that's what you have to do to get out of tough situations. We had each other's backs. We got together as a family. We are still young, and it meant a lot to me to show them as a senior how to do things.”
What are your plans for college next year?
I do want to play baseball in college. I'm looking at Roane State in Tennessee, LaRoche, Lawson State in Alabama, and Potamac State in West Virginia. I'm looking for a good education and good coaches so I could become a better student and player. Also, I will be looking at how close to home the college might be. I want to major in something that deals with business because my father owns a general contractors business. I could help him out or take over the business down the road.
What was your game plan going into the game against Central Catholic?
I think we wanted to play like it was like any other game. It doesn't matter who it's against. We are going to play with the same mentality no matter who it's against. We were big, big underdogs heading into the game. But I think we showed some toughness.
What do you want to be remembered for?
I want to think that I'm viewed as a team player and a gentleman. A teammate someone could come to with anything. I can give them the right advice and lead them down the right path.
What was your most memorable moment during your career?
I would probably say the Norwin game because it was probably the best game I ever had. Tyler Smith got hurt and I picked him up and he did the same for me. Everyone on the team had a great game, and it knocked them (Norwin) into third place, while we moved into second. That was a big advantage.
What was your favorite subject in high school?
I would probably say English because all the English teachers I had during high school have been very good teachers. (Mr. Walt Bechtel) taught me a lot and also how to be a man. I enjoy writing. When I get to start writing it's hard for me to stop.
School: Greensburg Central Catholic
Claim to fame: Lang hit a three-run home run to lead Greensburg Central Catholic to a 9-1 win over Freeport in the WPIAL Class AA playoffs Tuesday. Lang leads the team with five home runs and 31 RBI and also hit .520.
“I think I did really good earlier in the year,” Lang said. “I haven't played the way wanted in recent games, but it's still not bad.”
What are your plans for college next year?
I'm going to Mercyhurst Northeast for softball. It's a junior college so it gives me options after two years, and I like the coach. I want to major in either business, marketing or something in graphic design.
What do you need to improve?
I just need to be more consistent and aggressive. I need my fielding to be more solid.
Do you like to play the infield or outfield?
I don't have a preference. I like first base, but anywhere they put me I will play.
What does the team need to do to make a deep run?
I think we need to get some early runs and don't let up as the game goes along. We need to eliminate the errors and play like a team.
What is an interesting fact about you?
I like anything outdoors like skiing or hunting. I haven't caught anything prize worthy, just a couple of deer.
— Andrew John
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