Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Athlete of the Week
Athlete of the week
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.”
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“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.”
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.”
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.
Rigos also plans to play softball in college.