Why Schiff was selected:
Schiff had a three-run double that helped give the Trojans some momentum in a 10-8 win against Westmont on April 12.
Brian Schiff was struggling at the plate early in the season, but it was hard to tell in the game against Westmont. He put the ball in play in both of his official at-bats and also drew two walks on full counts in the game. His three-run double seemed to turn the tide in the game, and he also drew a run-scoring walk as he finished with four RBIs. Schiff, the Suburban Life Athlete of the Week sponsored by Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group, spoke with sports editor Jason Rossi about the big hit, his mentality at the plate and more. Here’s an edited transcript:
Rossi: It seemed like your hit turned the tide of the game. Did you feel the same way?
Schiff: Yeah, absolutely. It was nice to get the bat going. It’s hard sometimes [from pitching], but I was focusing in and trying to put the ball in play with two outs. It was good to see that first-pitch fastball right there. I was expecting it, and I took it out there [to the outfield].
Rossi: It had to be nice to get the pitch you were looking for.
Schiff: Absolutely, and I was just trying to stay in there and have quick hands. He was a fast-working pitcher so I just had the mindset of first-pitch fastball. I saw it and drove it out.
Rossi: Winning a back-and-forth game like that, what does it say about your team?
Schiff: It was good to see us all come through. We needed each other. There were a lot of walks for both teams, so it was nice to get some hits when we needed them. It was a good effort overall for all the guys.
Rossi: What’s been working for you personally so far this season?
Schiff: The beginning of the year I was struggling and was in a slump, but I kept swinging and the last three games I’ve been hitting a lot better.