Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Seneca's Tremblay a Hit in the Field, at the Plate

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Seneca's Tremblay a Hit in the Field, at the Plate

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Two years ago, Seneca Valley baseball coach Eric Semega got his first glimpse of Chris Tremblay.

Semega watched Tremblay, then a freshman, play catch for a few minutes and take some ground balls. That's all Semega needed to see to know Tremblay would become a star.

"He's just so smooth in every aspect of the game," Semega said. "His mechanics, his throwing, running, fielding, hitting ... He's just a natural. You can just tell that."

It shouldn't be much of a surprise that the Raiders shortstop is a natural athlete. His father, Pierre, played professional hockey in the Detroit Red Wings organization.

Tremblay, a junior, said his father originally encouraged Chris to follow in his footsteps and be a hockey player. The son resisted. "I never really liked the cold" of ice hockey, he explained.

After the elder Tremblay viewed his son watching so much baseball on television as a youngster, he knew what athletic path Chris would travel.

Once Tremblay picked up a baseball, it seems, he never put it down. He worked his way up through the Cranberry youth leagues and onto travel and all-star teams. Tremblay now devotes himself year- round to the game he loves.

"He just works at his game so much," Semega said. "To be honest, when you look at him, you wonder what he can improve on? He's got the genetics and the physical aspect, and you think he can't do too much more. But he does work all the time, and he'll keep getting better, if that's possible."

Tremblay, who bats third in the Seneca Valley lineup, has been known to go home after a two-hour team practice to spend an additional two hours on his own, taking batting practice or working on his fielding.

"You've got to have that drive to keep getting better," Tremblay said. "But it's got to be something you love to do. I don't mind putting in an hour or two after practice because I love the game and I know that's what it takes to get better."

Tremblay, who goes 5 feet 10 and 170 pounds, batted . …

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