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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Athlete of the Week

The Tribune-Review
| Wednesday, April 30, 2003 12:00 a.m

Athlete of the week

Megan Rigos

  • School: Mt. Lebanon

  • Class: Junior

  • Sport: Softball

  • Notable: Rigos is starring as a pitcher for the Blue Devils (12-2), who are in first place in Section 6-AAA.

    She has a 0.42 earned-run average, 151 strikeouts and 26 walks in 100 innings and has tossed three no-hitters – against Baldwin, Peters Township and West Mifflin – and four one-hitters this season.

    “I’m actually kind of surprised myself,” Rigos said. “I didn’t know I’d do this well. I’m improved a lot. I always had speed. My control has improved 110 percent. It’s helped my confidence a lot. I know what to expect from myself when I go on the mound.”

    For her effort, Rigos is the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Athlete of the Week, sponsored by Fox Sports Net and McDonald’s. Tune into Fox Sports Net at 10 tonight for the feature presentation.

  • Workhorse: Rigos has pitched every inning of every game since her freshman season, and has shown marked improvement each year. She was 5-12 as a freshman, 11-6 last season and now has a 28-20 career record.

    “She did well as a freshman and better last year, but my long-term focus was her as a junior and senior,” Mt. Lebanon coach Tricia (Fabian) Alderson said. “I knew she’d get to this point. With her size and her speed, I could see that. She’s one of the top pitchers in this area.

    “She is pitching phenomenal, and we’re playing sound defense behind her.”

  • Father knows best: Rigos has been under the tutelage of Alderson, a star pitcher at Chartiers-Houston in the late 1980s, and Kelly McCann, a former Baldwin and Penn State star who now is the pitching coach at Pitt.

    But she learned how to pitch from her father, Jim, who was a pitcher in fast-pitch softball while in the service. He taught his daughter the mound mechanics when she was 12.

    “He’s been incredibly influential,” Rigos said. “He got me into softball and taught me everything I know.”

  • A different spin: A 5-foot-10 lefthander, Rigos relies mainly on two pitches: Her fastball, which has been clocked at 61 miles an hour, and her changeup.

    Her breaking pitches can be confusing to batters who aren’t used to facing lefties.

    “I think it helps a little when she throws her off-speed pitches,” Alderson said, “because they’re breaking the other way.

  • Future plans: When she’s not playing travel softball in the summer, Rigos volunteers to work with disabled children at the Center for Creative Play in Station Square. She has a 3.6 grade-point average and hopes to become a special education teacher.

    Rigos also plans to play softball in college.

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