By: JOHN CANNON
(DONNA) – Donna High pitcher Tony Hernandez has been selected as the RedskinSports.us Player of the Week for the week of March 20th through March 25th
Hernandez played an integral part in the Redskins two big wins over Brownsville Lopez and Brownsville Porter last week. In fact, Hernandez came in on relief against Porter and threw two scoreless innings which led them to a 6-4 win.
Hernandez sat down with RedskinSports.us Sports Editor John Cannon for a question and answer session.
JC: Congratulations on being named the RedskinSports.us Player of the Week. Last week you had to face Lopez and Porter who just happens to be two of the top teams in the district and grabbed wins against them. How big was that for you and your team’s confidence level?
TH: It was pretty big. We just have to go into each every game with the mentality that we can win.
JC: Those wins put you all at 3-3 in district play and back in the mix. After the Edcouch-Elsa loss, your coach had a meeting with you and you all turned things around from there. What did he tell you all?
TH: He told us we were going to make some changes on the defensive end and also had me playing in the outfield as well. All of those changes seemed to work and we got on a little bit of a hot streak.
JC: You had to come in and take over for Trey Ramirez who was the ace of the staff last year. Did it put any pressure on you to take over and become the number one pitcher?
TH: It wasn’t really that much pressure on me. I just had to come in and get some more work down in order to become a better pitcher.
JC: Of all the pitches you throw, what is your strongest one?
TH: I would have to say my curve ball.
JC: Your team goal is to get into the playoffs this year. What is it going to take to make that happen?
TH: We have to work together as a team and have a winning mentality at all times.
JC: When you take the hill, what do you normally do to get ready?
TH: I just try to keep focused and find the strike zone.
JC: Do you have a favorite Major League Baseball Team?
TH: The Texas Rangers.
JC: Would you like the opportunity to pitch in college?
TH: Yes I would. And to be honest with you, I would go anywhere that gives me a scholarship.
JC: Who is the one person you look up to on the team?
TH: I would have to say Coach Ramirez. He has always been there for me and has made me the player I am today.