Ronan continues strong baseball year for Panthers

Name: Mason Ronan

School: Penn Cambria

Age: 17

Grade: Junior

Sport: Baseball

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.