Greensburg high school athletes of the week: Yough's Nolan Kosh, Hempfield's Samantha Orie
Claim to fame: Kosh struck out six batters and walked one in a combined no-hitter for Yough (4-7, 2-5) during a 4-2 win over Washington on April 16 in Section 2-AAA action.
“We played well on defense and Shane (Fajt) pitched a strong second half of the game,” Kosh said.
What did you work on in the offseason?
I really trained to get stronger and better. I worked on my change-up. It worked really well in the game against Uniontown.
What do you like about baseball?
I have loved baseball since I was little. I love the intensity and how it is one on one with the pitcher and batter.
How would you describe your pitching style?
I pitch to contact and let the batter get themselves out. I look to my defense to do the work and help me get the batter out.
What are your big summer plans?
I'm going to be playing travel ball this summer. I can't wait for that to come around.
If you were any cartoon character, who would it be?
I'd have to say Fred from Scooby Doo because he always had a plan.
Claim to fame: Orie, who has 33 goals and 20 assists in six games, scored nine goals to lead Hempfield (8-0) to a 15-9 win over Latrobe on April 15. Orie scored eight goals in the first half for the Spartans in a 14-8 win over North Hills on April 8.
“We have had a successful season so far,” Orie said. “But the season isn't over yet; we have to finish as strong as we have started.”
Did you think you were going to have so much early success?
I wasn't sure because going into the season they lost a few good seniors. As soon as I got to know the girls, we just clicked and I knew we were going to be good.
Your coach said you are very motivated and coachable. Where do you get these qualities?
I just like to get better. That's my goal. I don't want to just stay the same.
How hard was it to switch from basketball to the lacrosse season?
It wasn't hard. The lacrosse coach was very welcoming after I missed the first week and a half. She knew I was just missing the season because we were in the state tournament. The girls got along with me right away. They all are so nice and we all clicked right away.
What sport do you like the most?
I love them both equally. In lacrosse, there is a lot of open space and it has further passing. With basketball, it's a smaller team and we get to know each other better.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I went skiing over the winter and I'm always outside. I like to go to Hidden Valley.
— Andrew John