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Focht a big hit on the mound

Name: Dylan Focht

School: Central

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Baseball

Athlete of the week achievement: Focht was named MVP of the Curve Classic in leading the Scarlet Dragons to the title by holding Altoona to one hit in the championship game. He also three-hit Bellefonte earlier in the week, and he went 8-for-15 at the plate with seven RBIs in five Central wins.

Season update: Focht is hitting .400 (10-for-25) with 10 RBIs. On the mound, he’s 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA and 18 strikeouts.

Coach A.J. Hoenstine’s quote: “He kind of came into his own last year pitching-wise. This year, he’s been fantastic through three starts. He’s put in a lot of hard work to get there. He’s one of our leaders on the team.”

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Leidy

Favorite subject: English

Favorite movie: “Major League”

Favorite food: Tacos

Favorite song: “Chattahoochee” by Alan Jackson

Outside interests: Fishing, hanging out with friends

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Pirates

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Clayton Kershaw

Best athlete I ever competed against: Altoona’s Matt Hartman

Most influential person on my athletic career: A.J. Hoenstine and Dave Brisbin

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the PIAA state baseball championship in 2017

How I got my start in baseball: “My father (Joshua) got me started when I was 5.”

Future goal: Go to college and pursue a baseball career

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