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April 23, 2014

Athlete of the Week: Meet Shenango’s Macy Rubin

NEW CASTLE — Macy Rubin isn’t a household name — yet.

The Shenango High softball standout is diligently working toward that through her efforts on the diamond this spring.

“Macy is a very good pitcher and she’s starting to make a name for herself,” said Lady Wildcats coach Amy Delaney, whose ace already has notched a no-hitter this spring. “She doesn’t get the credit she deserves. We know what she can do here, but it’s nice for people outside of the Shenango community to know what she’s capable of.”

EARNING THE NOD

The sophomore helped herself with a huge bases-loaded double with two away in a 15-5 win over Laurel on Thursday, while finishing with four hits and four RBIs. She scattered four hits over seven innings and 88 pitches to record her seventh win of the season.

Rubin drove in two more runs in a 15-0 win over Union on Saturday. She struck out six and limited the Lady Scots to just two hits over three innings.

The performances earned her Lawrence County Athlete of the Week honors, an award sponsored by Washington Centre Physical Therapy and selected by the New Castle News sports staff.

“It definitely helps me out in the field after having a good at-bat and not striking out,” Rubin said. “My hitting is coming along. I had a good talk with my coach about coming through in a big game, so I was really ready to hit the ball. My confidence never got low, but I was getting frustrated. You’re going to have good games and bad games.”

STUDENT OF THE GAME

Rubin’s heroics at the plate wouldn’t have happened a year ago.

“Last year, she was strictly a pitcher,” Delaney said. “With her being a freshman, we wanted her to focus on the mound and the task at hand. She’s come a long way at the plate.”

The Lady Wildcats ace has spent considerable time attempting to improve at the plate.

“She’s worked very hard in the cage and we’ve worked on some mechanical issues,” Delaney said. “We’ve seen some big improvement, so she’s been in the lineup this year. She’s battled through some difficult at-bats, but she never gave up. It was just a matter of it clicking and it did in the Laurel game. Everything fell into place.”

Rubin also worked on her pitching between her freshman and sophomore years with former Ellwood City Lincoln standout Kaitlyn Schuster, who is an assistant on Delaney’s staff.

“Over the past couple of offseasons, she’s really devoted herself to pitching,” Delaney said. “She’s been working with our pitching coach, Kaitlyn Schuster. Kaitlyn’s a former college pitcher (at Pitt) and Macy’s spent a lot of time with her, working on different pitches and different mechanics.”

Rubin’s efforts have translated into success onto the diamond for the Lady ’Cats, who are ranked fifth in the WPIAL in Class A.

“She definitely has the drive and dedication to do well,” Delaney said. “I think that’s what’s propelled her to be successful on the mound. Her change-up has come a long way this year. It was a work in progress last year. She’s really honed on it. She can throw it to a location and is keeping it down in the zone. She’s really put a lot of time in the offseason into her curveball. It’s nice to see her hard work paying off.”

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