Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Hampton's Ben Vey, South Fayette's Ashley Iagnemma
Claim to fame: University of Buffalo recruit Vey went 3 for 3 with a home run to help the Talbots knock off Highlands, 12-2, and went 3 for 3 later in the afternoon helping Hampton beat Valley, 13-2, all on April 17. The next afternoon, Vey went 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs in the Talbots' 7-1 win over Highlands.
It seemed like you couldn't make an out last week even if you tried.
Early on, I started 3 for 17, so I went back to my coaches and just decided I was trying too hard and I just needed to simplify my game. Especially last week, I started waiting for my pitch and just started hitting the ball hard.
What are you doing differently at the plate?
I don't know that I'm really doing anything differently. Since I picked my college, I'm more relaxed and not stressed so I'm having more fun. When you play the game without pressure the game gets so much easier.
What can we expect to see from you in the coming weeks?
I think really I'm going to continue to keep the game simple and work on the mound and keep being consistent. I just want to help us win which means doing the little things.
What major are you going to pursue at Buffalo?
I'm pretty sure I'm going to into some sort of business administration so I can get into finance and economics down the road.
School: South Fayette
Claim to fame: Iagnemma struck out 17 and went 5 for 5 with six RBIs in a win over Montour Tuesday. She struck out 12 batters and pitched a five-inning shutout and had five RBIs at the plate to lead South Fayette past Ringgold, 14-0, in a Section 2 win April 17. She also struck out 14 Ringgold batters and allowed just one hit in a 2-1 win on April 1.
Is there something about pitching against Ringgold that you have been so dominant against them?
Not really. I like to play the same game every time no matter who we play. I play with the same mindset, and it really doesn't matter who I'm facing.
How would you rate how you've played to this point in the season?
People always ask me that and I don't know how I look out there and really can't see what I'm doing. I just do my thing and pretty much let others rate me.
How good can this South Fayette team be down the stretch?
I think if we keep doing what we're doing, which is playing good in the field and at bat, I think we'll be good. I think the WPIAL is definitely a possibility.
Looking ahead, what do you hope to improve throughout this year and as a senior?
I think I'm going to just continue to throw hard and work to hit my spots. I have to pitch the same way, every game no matter what part of the order I'm facing.
— Brian Graham