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Greensburg female spotlight athlete: Andrea Lash

| Thursday, April 7, 2011

Andrea Lash

School: Frazier

Class: Sophomore

Sport: Softball

Claim to fame: Lash, who hits third in Frazier's order, struck out eight and added a home run and two RBI in a 15-0 rout of California. She plays year-round travel softball and is one five sophomore starters for Frazier.

"She hits the ball hard every time, and she's a tough out," coach Paul Harvey said. "Last year, I believe she only struck out five times."

Advice for power hitters who need to cut down on striking out: "Focus on the ball and have fast hand speed. Try to recognize whether it's a strike or ball early."

Benefits of travel ball: "Just staying in the sport all year round helps. We practice once or twice a week. We have three-hour practices, with two hours on hitting and one on fielding."

Having so many underclassmen on a team: "A lot of us have been playing together since we were little. We stay together, and just keep each other up and make sure we know what's going on and help each other. So it's not really an obstacle."

Team's goals for this season: "We beat Chartiers-Houston and Fort Cherry last year, split the season series with each of them. We're trying to beat both those teams, win the section and make playoffs."

Personal goals for this season: "We got beat by Vincentian last year in the second round. My goal is if we get up against Vincentian, don't think about last season and make it past the second round."

Biggest part of her game to improve: "My pitching speed. I'm working with weight balls to pick up more speed, and by the time I graduate I hope to have somewhere to play in college."

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