Greensburg Male Spotlight Athlete: Dom Francia

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Dom Francia

School: Belle Vernon

Year: Sophomore

Sport: Baseball

Claim to fame: Francia gave up two hits, a walk and struck out six and also homered and had four RBI in an 11-0, five inning victory over Uniontown. A pitcher and catcher, Francia has been invited to attend Stanford's pitching camp, catching camp and future stars camp following the season.

Coach Dan Palm said Francia is a clutch player and gets better when the pressure is on.

"Dom is the kind of guy I like to coach," Palm said. "He's hard- nosed and doesn't back down from any person or situation."

Handling the high pressure: "Honestly, I love having attention. I love the feeling of everyone watching me, and a lot of people expect me to do great. I'm the kind of kid that always wants the ball in the bottom of the seventh with two outs and the bases loaded, or to be in the (batter's) box with two outs and the bases loaded."

Turning around an early hitting slump: "Hard work in the cage, hard work during practice and hard work after practice with my coaches. …