Ronan continues strong baseball year for Panthers
Name: Mason Ronan
School: Penn Cambria
Athlete of the week achievement: Ronan threw 10 innings and gave up only one hit, no runs and struck out 23. Adding in the completion of a suspended game, he was 3-0 as Penn Cambria swept Bishop Carroll in a doubleheader, beat Central Cambria and edged Forest Hills, 1-0. He also went 6-for-9 with five RBIs and six runs.
Season update: In 37 innings, Ronan’s given up eight hits, two earned runs and is 6-1 with a 0.40 ERA. He is hitting .370 with 13 RBIs and 15 runs scored.
Coach Jim Ronan’s quote: “He’s just been working his butt off to get to this point. He’s always had a great arm and is athletic, but he’s really invested himself in the workouts the last couple of years — pitching and in the weight room. He’s had the tools, but it hadn’t come together for him and he’s taken his lumps.”
Favorite teacher: Mr. Tomaselli
Favorite subject: Biology
Favorite movie: “The Sandlot”
Favorite food: Chicken
Favorite artist: J-Cool
Outside interests: Fishing, hunting, playing basketball
Favorite professional team: New York Yankees
Favorite college team: Michigan State
Pro athlete most admired: Clayton Kershaw
Best athlete I ever competed against: Chestnut Ridge’s Phillip Dull
Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad, Jim Ronan
Proudest athletic achievement: Committing to Michigan State for baseball last September
How I got my start in baseball: “I grew up around it my entire life, watching my dad play. I started playing as soon as I came out of the womb.”
Future goal: Go out to Michigan State, have a good career and get drafted.