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Adam Lock

Class: Junior

School: Springdale

Sport: Baseball

Report card: The 6-foot-2, 200-pound center fielder only has eight hits this season, but four are for extra bases, including a walk-off grand slam in an 11-10 victory over rival Riverview. Lock has two triples and 10 RBIs. He is also a member of the football team as a tight end and defensive end.

How did it feel to hit the walk-off grand slam?

It was a lot of fun. Honestly, it felt nice being able to put up a good fight against a good team. I'm glad our team kept fighting and we never gave up on each other.

You help create the game program for home games. Does the thought to promote yourself a little more ever cross your mind?

Not really. I'm trying to do it to help out the coach so he has a little less to worry about. I did it so it goes in number order. I do my best to make it look nice for the team.

How have you adjusted to hitting in the cleanup spot after hitting fifth last year?

It's a bit of a bumpy road. I had some trouble earlier in the season adjusting to the way pitchers throw to me. It's just one spot, but they pitch completely different in the order. I got in my head a little too much trying to guess pitches.

According to coach Randy Eaton, you have quite the vertical jump. What stopped you from using it to play basketball?

I played basketball through seventh and eighth grade. I got away from it. I wanted to focus more on football and baseball. I enjoy those more than basketball.

Any college plans yet?

I want to go to a four-year university and major in engineering. I'm not sure which type of engineering or school I'm interested in. I'm still looking around.

Allie Aftanas

Class: Sophomore

School: Valley

Sport: Softball

Report Card: The third baseman is batting .500 on the year, going 13 for 26 with three doubles. She went 7 for 7 in a doubleheader last week against West Shamokin. She's also scored 10 runs on the year for the Vikings.

Did you ever think you would have a day where you went 7 for 7 at the plate?

No, I didn't. I've worked all winter long so that I could hit well, but I never pictured myself going 7 for 7. I still can't believe I did it.

What do you attribute to being so dialed in at the plate that day?

I try to keep the same system every time I go up to bat. If I see a pitch, and lock in on it, I get a feeling, and I know I'll get that hit. I try to get a hit every at-bat, but there was something where I felt really good at the plate.

Did that performance up your goals for the year?

It definitely was a goal that I had to get a hit every at-bat, but this just makes me want to set higher goals for myself to achieve even more.

What would be a more exciting? Robbing someone of an extra-base hit by making a diving catch or hitting an inside-the-park home run?

Robbing someone of an extra-base hit. Hitting an inside-the-park home run is great, but defense is the way you win games.

Do you listen to music before a game and if so name the two songs that are a must-listen on your playlist?

Yes, I do. “Trophies” by Lil Wayne and “All I Do Is Win” by T-Pain.

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