Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Vincentian's Jay Cortese, Plum's Hannah Adamski
Claim to fame: Cortese tossed a one-hitter and struck out 12 batters for Vincentian in its 11-1 win over Karns City on March 31. The following day, Cortese got it done with his bat, going 5 for 5 and hitting for the cycle and driving in nine runs in a 20-10 win over Springdale. Cortese also was a contributing forward for the Vincentian basketball team that made it to the WPIAL semifinals and the PIAA quarterfinals.
What were you more proud of, what you did on the mound or at the plate?
I think I was more proud of what I did at the plate. Hitting for the cycle is something new and something I've never done. That was pretty exciting.
Vincentian had three straight games postponed. Can that mess with your rhythm early on?
No. I don't believe so. We are still in the gym working hard and doing the same things we did before the season.
How good can this Royals team be?
I believe we have a bunch of potential. Everyone says they have their year. Well this is our year I think. We got some good guys back to help us. I do believe we are a WPIAL contender.
Is there a major leaguer that you try to emulate on the field?
At the plate, I'd say Robinson Cano. I like how he plays in an athletic manner. He looks like he has an effortless swing.
Claim to fame: Through her first three games this season, Adamski was 8 for 11 with seven home runs. Adamski had three home runs in a 9-0 win over McKeesport in the season-opener and a pair of home runs in wins over Woodland Hills and Penn Hills. Heading in to the week, Adamski, who also qualified for the PIAA swim championships the past two seasons, compiled 14 RBIs.
What's the secret to your dominant offensive performance this year?
There isn't really one. I just go up there with confidence and try to have a good at bat each time.
What did you work on during the offseason to prepare for this season?
I didn't really do much softball. I swam most of the fall and winter, so I didn't get much of a chance to work on my game.
How good can Plum be this season?
I'm pretty sure that we can win the section. If we keep playing the way we have, that's definitely a possibility. Hopefully, we can get past the first round of the playoffs.
What do you focus more of your attention on, swimming or softball?
The last few years I focused on swimming because I made it to states this year and last year. But once softball starts, I'm all focused on softball.
— Brian Graham