Westmoreland athletes of the week: Greensburg Salem’s Reid Admundson, Ligonier Valley’s Jane Garver

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 | 1:07 PM

Reid Admundson

School: Greensburg Salem

Sport: Baseball

Class: Senior

Claim to fame: Admundson hit a two-run double and had four RBIs to lead Greensburg Salem (2-0) to a 13-2 win over North Hills in nonsection action March 25. Admundson collected two hits and three RBIs in a 15-9 win over Kiski Area on March 28.

“It’s my senior year so I wanted to try my best and do everything for the team. I have the same mindset. I try to go out there and do my best,” Admundson said.

What are your college plans?

I plan to go to Pitt-Johnstown. I’m in talks with the coach right now to play baseball. I’m looking to major in the business field.

What did the team learn from the deep playoff run last year?

After we made our run, we knew we could do it. This group of seniors is really close. We are like a group of brothers. We think we can do it, and we think we have a good shot.

What does the team need to do in order to win the section?

We need to stick together and be confident. Our coach tells us all the time we have all the talent, but we just have to go out there and prove it.

What’s your favorite thing about hitting?

The most exciting feeling is to get a hit and get on base.

Who’s your favorite baseball player?

Anthony Rizzo from the Cubs. He’s a first baseman, and the Cubs are my favorite team. He’s a lefty just like me.

Jane Garver

School: Ligonier Valley

Sport: Softball

Class: Junior

Claim to fame: Garver, a Robert Morris commit, tossed a no-hitter with seven strikeouts and also homered and had three RBIs as Ligonier Valley (4-0) defeated United, 20-0, in four innings. Garver threw a one-hitter with eight strikeouts and had three hits and three RBIs in a 15-0 win over Purchase Line on March 27.

“A good start means everything. If you have a good start you have a good chance to end strong. To get four wins in one week means a lot,” Garver said.

What made you commit to Robert Morris?

I fell in love with the campus, and it’s Division I, which was a dream for me. I love the coaches. I really thought it would be a really good fit for me.

What did the team learn from the deep playoff run last year?

I think we learned a lot. We got more experience playing in the playoffs. We are looking for that opportunity to take on Phillipsburg-Osceola.

What did you work on during the off-season?

I really worked on my speed and trying to be more precise. I tried to perfect my changeup and my rise ball, as well.

What’s your mindset in the circle?

My mindset is to be locked in and be completely focused. I look to be a leader out there. As a pitcher, everyone turns to you to be that leader so I try to lock in and get things done.

Which do you like more, pitching or hitting?

Pitching. I really get a sense of leadership and control of the game. A pitcher can win a game and also lose a game for you. I love being in control of the game.

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