Holland Patent senior Hannah Rossi pitched the Golden Knights to a 7-0 start and is at or near the top of the team’s offense ranks in most categories.
The Knights lost their first game of the season Thursday, 3-2 to Mount Markham, a game in which Rossi pitched part of the game. She came on in relief and tossed three scoreless innings.
The outing Thursday ran Rossi’s innings to 52 on the season. She’s allowed seven runs, four of them earned. She’s given up 26 hits and walked 18 while piling up 86 strikeouts.
Rossi is also 15-for-29 at the plate to lead the team with a .517 batting average. She has three doubles, a triple and a home run. She’s scored seven runs and driven in 13 runs.
Here are five questions she answered for the Daily Sentinel:
You have been a dual threat this season, but do you prefer to hit or pitch?
“Totally rather be pitching,” she said. “I love it so much. I remember when I started I hated it for some reason. I’m in control and I much prefer that feeling than being in the (batter’s) box.”
What is an important part of your game that you’ve worked to improve in recent years?
“My mental part of my game. It’s so big. I used to get so down on myself. If I walked someone then I’d walk the next one.” She said she’s worked to put such experiences out of her head and focus on the next task.
What are your personal and team goals this season?
She said her goal for the team is to win the Center State Conference like last season, but to get deeper into the Section III playoffs compared to last year’s Class B semifinal loss to Oneida. The Golden Knights were 15-0 on the season and the top seed going into that game.
Personally, she had a few stats in mind. “Strikeouts are big for me. Big Ks and little walks. They mean a lot to me.”
What are your college plans academically and athletically?
She plans to attend Utica University to study business management. “I’m on the fence if I want to play (softball) yet.” The Pioneers will be looking for a new head coach, she noted. Pat Mineo is retiring after 17 seasons later this month.
Is there an athlete that you look up to? What stands out about them to you?
Though Rossi said she’s not an Alabama fan, she said it’s Montana Fouts she looks up to. The All-American pitcher for the Crimson Tide tossed a perfect game in the 2021 Women’s College World Series. “She’s a great athlete. She pushes a lot for women’s sports. She’s just hardcore all the time and I love that.”