Westmoreland athletes of the week: Greensburg Salem’s Andrew Rosenberg, Southmoreland’s Faith Miller
By: Andrew John
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | 6:57 PM
School: Greensburg Salem
Claim to fame: Rosenberg recorded the lone hit, a triple, and scored the only run for No. 8 Greensburg Salem (13-7) in a 4-1 loss to No. 10 Hopewell in the WPIAL Class 4A consolation game May 30. The Golden Lions defeated South Park and upset No. 1 Blackhawk before losing to Ringgold, 5-4, in the semifinals.
“I knew the pitcher was trying to attack the plate on the first pitch. I knew he was going to throw a fastball on the first pitch. I kind of sat back and drove it,” Rosenberg said.
What are your college plans?
I'm going Westmoreland County Community College and majoring in business. After a couple of years, I will transfer to Seton Hill.
What was it like to upset Blackhawk in the WPIAL quarterfinals?
It's a confidence-booster since we hadn't won a postseason game in awhile. It kept the spirits in the whole school district up, and we couldn't have done it without our fans.
What did Hopewell do to shut you guys down offensively?
They were able to field their positions well. Their outfield was pretty good.
What was your favorite moment of this past season?
My favorite moment was upsetting Blackhawk since the whole school was there and we had a student bus. I'm never going to forget it.
What are two things you would like to continue to work on?
I would like to take more of a leadership role. I want to learn how to take quick action. I want to know exactly what to do in situations.
Claim to fame: Miller, who has a .414 batting average, had two hits and two runs scored to lead No. 3 Southmoreland (10-7) to a 12-1 win over No. 1 South Park (16-2) in five innings in the WPIAL Class 3A title game May 31. In the semifinals, Miller, who has six doubles, 17 RBIs and 20 runs this season, drove in two runs to lead the Scotties to a 6-4 win over Freeport.
“I thought we all came out really sharp and had confidence,” Miller said. “We were the underdogs. No one believed in us, and we wanted to prove them wrong. We knew they were tight. We pulled together as a team and came through with the win. When we scored five runs in the first inning, we all started to believe that we could do this.
What does it mean to you to win the program's first WPIAL championship?
It means so much. I love this team, and I love what we have. We all play together and want it all for each other. We did what we had to do.
What was the message to the team heading into the WPIAL title game?
We didn't have much to lose because we never made it this far. They were defending state champions. The best feeling is when you're the underdog. When we went to school, we knew we could beat them. We were going to put up a fight.
What is the team's mindset heading into the PIAA quarterfinals?
We want to take it one game at time and one step at a time. We just need to find a way to win.
What was the difference from last year's playoff run compared to this year?
This year, we're more together as a team. We're more united, and we wanted to win this together. We are pushing for each other. We really believed in each other.
What is one adjective that best describes you?
Perfectionist because anything I do I try to do at the best of my ability and make everything perfect.
— Andrew John