York senior outfielder Morgan Mehring has battled back from injury as a junior and recovered from a slow start this season to become a key hitter for the Dukes. She is hitting over .300 and has been especially hot lately with three home runs, including a grand slam against Richards and a walk-off home run against Oak Park-River Forest, in the Dukes’ last seven games. Mehring, this week’s Oak Trust Credit Union Athlete of the Week, talked with Suburban Life sports reporter Dan Santaromita about her breakout season and the recent power surge.
Do you feel like you’re all the way back from your tendinitis from last year?
As normal as I think I could be, coming back from all that. I think I’m in a better mental state this year than I have been in the past, so I think I’m going up with a clearer mind and I’ve been able to use that to my advantage.
Does it feel different being a bigger part of the team this season?
It’s a lot more fun to know that I’m a part of it. Just coming back from last year and being able to use that and help the kids that came up this year and get them excited.
Have you ever had a walk off home run before?
No. That was even more of a highlight for me than the grand slam just to know that I was able to help my team with that one and get us out of that tough situation.