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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Seton-La Salle's David Boehme, Canon-McMillan's Abby McCartney

| Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
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Seton-La Salle's David Boehme

David Boehme

School: Seton-La Salle

Year: Senior

Sport: Baseball

Claim to fame: Boehme had a pair of home runs and added six RBIs in leading the Rebels to a 21-11 win over Avonworth in a Section 1-AA game April 22. Boehme went 4 for 5 with three RBIs in an 11-2 win over Carlynton on April 21 and went 2 for 3 with three RBIs in a 12-5 win over Freedom on April 23. Heading into the week, Boehme was batting .547 with three home runs and 19 RBIs.

Talk about the zone you were in at the plate last week.

I know we were coming off a loss to South Side Beaver that put us in second place alone. So I knew we needed to bounce back and win all three to stay in the playoff hunt. As a team, we basically just stayed focused.

What mentality do you have when you're up to bat?

When I go up, I go up with the mentality that I'm going to win the battle. No matter who's on the mound, you have to know you're going to win no matter if he's throwing 90 (mph). He's up there to get you out, so you have to battle back.

Have you decided what you're going to do after high school?

I'm not 100 percent sure, yet. I'm leaning toward playing baseball at Penn State-Behrend and studying mechanical engineering technology. But I'm not 100 percent set on that.

What kind of things are you going to do to prepare yourself for college ball?

Definitely every day, even this season, I went to a local gym and put on 15 pounds of muscle. I hope to put more on. Last year, I had a shoulder injury, so my dad and I would wake up every day at 5 a.m. to go to the gym. Basically stay healthy at the gym and work on my hitting.

Abby McCartney

School: Canon-McMillan

Year: Junior

Sport: Softball

Claim to fame: McCartney, a Robert Morris recruit, went 4 for 4 with three home runs and a double and drove in six runs to lead the Big Macs to a 15-9 win over Section 4-AAAA foe Chartiers Valley on April 24. McCartney also went 2 for 3 with a double, home run and three RBIs in a 10-0 win over Brashear on April 22 and followed it up with a 1 for 3, two-RBI afternoon in a 15-9 win over Bethel Park on April 23. Heading into the week, McCartney is batting .652 with 10 home runs and 35 RBIs.

Have you ever seen and hit the ball this well?

Honestly, not really. This has been my best year hitting. It's going great. I've been working on a lot of things so it's just coming along great.

What are you doing differently this year?

I'm just focusing on getting my swing together. I'm not thinking too hard in the batter's box. I'm just letting my swing go, and things have worked for me.

What are the Big Macs going to have to do to continue this winning run?

As of now, our hitting is on point. I think our weak point is our defense. We'll need to work on fielding and making plays.

What did you like about RMU that prompted you to commit so early?

Once I walked onto the campus, I loved where it sat. They have my major. I just loved it, so I knew instantly that I'd want to go there.

What major do you plan to pursue?

Early education with special ed.

— Brian Graham

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