Share This Page

Daily News spotlight athletes: Elizabeth Forward's Luke Padezan, South Allegheny's Julia Giannandrea

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 1:36 a.m.
Submitted
Elizabeth Forward's Luke Padezan
Submitted
South Allegheny's Julia Giannandrea

Luke Padezan

School: Elizabeth Forward

Year: Senior

Sport: Baseball

Claim to fame: Padezan pitched a six-inning complete game, racking up nine strikeouts last week in a 12-0 win over Ringgold, as the Warriors (12-7, 7-5) earned a playoff berth. The senior also went 3 for 4 with two RBIs in the clinching game. Padezan was the winning pitcher in the team's 4-3 win over Montour in the first round of the playoffs Monday.

“We put ourselves in a bad place starting out 3-5 in the section,” coach Frank Champ said. “We had to win four straight in order to get into the playoffs. Luke pitched three of those four. He actually said to me ‘each one is like a playoff game,' and that's exactly right. He stepped up and pitched extremely well. He pitched very well against Montour. He threw the ball well and really kept them off balance and had a couple of hits as well. He has done a great job for us.”

What is most important to having a good game on the mound?

I think having a good catcher, having good pitches called, and having a solid defense behind you.

What was it like pitching three of the four games you needed to win to make it into the playoffs?

It was rewarding to get those three wins. There was pressure in each one because each was basically a playoff game.

Who has been the toughest opposition you've faced?

I think we've played a lot of close games against Thomas Jefferson. They weren't in our section my sophomore year but they were my junior and senior years, and we've had a lot of pretty good games with them. I'd say they have been our toughest competition.

Do you have a favorite team or player?

My favorite team other than the Pirates would have to be the Yankees. My favorite player would be Derek Jeter because of his character.

Would you trade another 20 years of below .500 baseball from the Pirates for a WPIAL title?

Yeah, no doubt! I put up with it for 17 years, I would put up with it for another 20 for sure.

What are you going to do next year?

I'm going to be going to Penn State Greater Allegheny. I'm undecided on a major right now, but I'm definitely going to play baseball.

Julia Giannandrea

School: South Allegheny

Year: Junior

Sport: Softball

Claim to fame: Giannandrea has helped lead the Gladiators (8-5, 6-4) to a WPIAL playoff berth. They lost to Seton-La Salle, 3-2, in a first-round matchup Tuesday. The junior hit better than .400 this season.

Are you comfortable at catcher?

As a catcher you have to take control of the field. You have the most responsibility on the field and I like that.

How do you manage games so well?

I just tell the outfield where to throw the ball and I let them know how many outs there are between plays. I try to get them into position by telling them where the person hit the ball (in their last at bat) and to be ready.

Do you like hitting or catching more?

Recently, I've been hitting a lot better than I had been so I'm going to say hitting right now. But when I'm in a slump I'd say I like catching better.

Do you have a favorite athlete you look up to?

I look up to my sister, Cara. She encouraged me because she played catcher and outfield in college. She was also a leadoff hitter like me as well.

What is your favorite food?

Chicken noodle soup because there is a variety of ingredients in it.

— Robert Stinner

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.