Why Petersen was selected:
Petersen had two of West’s six hits, including a two-run home run, in a 6-2 loss against Downers Grove North on April 18.
Downers Grove North’s Legion Field is a tough place to hit a home run, but Petersen was able to clear the fence April 18. On a 2-2 count, Petersen turned on a pitch and took it out to left field, scoring himself and courtesy runner Adrian DelValle with the Hilltoppers’ only runs of the game. Petersen, the Suburban Life Athlete of the Week sponsored by Cindy Purdom, spoke with sports editor Jason Rossi about his home run, the tough loss, and more. Here’s an edited transcript:
Rossi: What was your approach in that at-bat where you homered?
Petersen: I saw that he [DGN pitcher Tyler Rosen] was getting ahead of some of our other guys, so I just tried to load up early and hit the ball hard and I did that. It was pretty nice.
Rossi: Were you looking for a particular pitch?
Petersen: Yeah, I was hunting fastballs and just looking for my pitch. I had to foul off a few to get it, but then I did.
Rossi: How have things been at the plate for you this season?
Petersen: I’m feeling pretty good. It’s been a little bit of an up-and-down start to the season so far, but I think as it goes on I think we’ll get stronger as a team, too.
Rossi: Was the game against DGN April 18 just one of those days for you guys?
Petersen: Their pitcher was good. He had 15 strikeouts, but as a team we got a little bit down when we saw the first few strikeouts and then toward the end of the game we got some of the energy back. I just think it’s important for us to keep the energy up the whole game.
Rossi: Do you feel like every part of your game has been OK this season?
Petersen: All around I try to be as consistent as possible for my teammates day in and day out. Sometimes it’s not as much as I would like it to be, but for the most part it’s been pretty good.