Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Hempfield's Joey DeFloria, Mt. Pleasant's Paige Hertzog
Claim to fame: DeFloria, who has three doubles and a home run with six RBIs, collected a double and three RBIs for Hempfield (5-0, 2-0) in a 16-5 win over Kiski Area in Section 2-AAAA action on April 1. DeFloria, a Bucknell football recruit, drove in two more runs with two hits, including a double, in a 19-6 win over Greensburg Salem in nonsection play in late March.
“Right now, it has been a slow start considering the weather,” DeFloria said. “We are going to play some games soon here. I feel like we are going to do better this season and make it to the WPIAL final and make a run at the state playoffs.”
What will it take to get to the WPIAL final this season?
I think the big thing is that we have experience from last year with some of the players on the team. We are more confident as a team. It's kind of like we have been there before. I feel like we will play a lot better against the bigger teams. We were nervous against the big teams like North Allegheny last season. We will be a much better team going into the playoffs this season.
What made you decide to take the offer from Bucknell to play football?
Mainly, I love both sports. I couldn't pass up the offer with playing football and the academics. Right now, I'm undecided in my major. I will go with either biology or business.
What do you like about baseball that you don't get from football?
When you are comparing the two sports, baseball is the relaxed sport. Baseball is intense and definitely has a lot less contact than football. It's nice to take a break from getting hit. It's a perfect sport for the spring.
What do you want to be remembered for when you graduate?
I want to be remembered for my hard work and dedication. I'm a very humble person. I don't say much about it and I do that to the best of my ability to be humble about it.
School: Mt. Pleasant
Claim to fame: Hertzog, a Seton Hill recruit, recorded four hits, including two doubles and a triple for Mt. Pleasant (3-2, 3-1) in a 19-2 win over Laurel Highlands in Section 4-AAA action April 1. Hertzog, who is batting .529 with 10 RBIs, has four doubles, three triples and three home runs this season.
“I think we have been getting off to a good start so far,” Hertzog said. “We are going really hard in practice and it's starting to pay off.”
What made you decide on Seton Hill?
The biggest reason is that I felt comfortable there. The softball team will give me an opportunity to play. I don't know what I want to study, but I like how it's close to home.
What is the major difference under first-year coach Lauren Shaheen?
It's a lot different. We have been working a lot on little things. We have been working on having a strong defense. Hitting is the fun time and is a bonus. It makes us a lot less nervous when we get up to bat.
What were you working on during the offseason?
I was working a lot on hitting and I had tons of infield practice. I want to be a good all-around player.
What do you like to do during your free time?
I really like to spend time with my family and being with them at any moment.
If you had any super power, what would it be?
I want to be able to fly. You would be able to see the world in a way you wouldn't have seen it before.
— Andrew John