On Monday, June 12, Tunkhannock Area sophomore Hailey Farr singled and scored as part of a six-run rally in the top of the fourth to help lead the Lady Tigers to a 9-4 win over Bangor in the PIAA Class 4A semifinals.
Farr also went 3 for 3, which included the first home run of her career, while also driving in three runs and scoring three times in athe 15-4 victory over Eastern York in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
For her accomplishments, Farr has been named the Wyoming County Press Examiner’s Athlete of the Week.
Grade, age, hometown: Sophomore, 16, Mehoopany
Family: Walter, father; Cindy, mother; Randy, sister, 32.
Athletes I admire: Kristen Brown
Favorite Movie: “The Heat”
Favorite TV show: “Law & Order”
Favorite band/artist: Imagine Dragons
Favorite food: Chicken cheesesteak
Favorite school subject: History
Three people I’d like to have dinner with: “Kristen Brown, Melissa McCarthy and my sister.”
Biggest role model: “My sister because she always says that no matter what situation life throws at you, keep battling and you’ll come out on top.”
Superstitions or rituals: “I always chew gum and I haven’t changed the order I put my game socks on since we started winning.”
What were your goals for this season? “I wanted to go out there and show the team what I have and prove myself. Obviously, our team goal was to win the district title.”
How were you able to transition positions and spot in the batting order throughout the year? “At first it took some adjusting, but after a while when I saw how we were coming together, I knew that my role on offense or in the field was just being able to do something positive.”
What did you do to work out of some hitting slumps to get hot at the perfect time? “I kept working hard every day and worked off the tee or watched videos or talked to someone about it. It was always something and I’ve kept that going.”
What is your approach like at the plate? “Before I step into the box, I read the defense and think about what my team needs me to do in that situation, whether it’s a deep fly ball for a sacrifice fly or a base hit. I think about all of those type of things and then go out and attack.”
Can you describe the moment of hitting your first career home run in the quarterfinals? “I was ahead in the count and said that if I saw a pitch inside and at my knees, I was going to swing. I was rounding first base and saw the umpire signal for a home run and didn’t know what to think, it was great.”
Do you have a favorite moment from the semifinals game? “My second at-bat when I was able to start off the fourth inning with single. After I got on, everyone else kept smoking the ball and we put up the six runs.”
What does it mean to you and to the team to reach the state championship? “After March, our team goal was to win the district title, and all of this has been extra. We worked so hard for that and knew it would happen eventually, and we’ve kept going. We’re trying to live in the moment and do what we do best. Everything has been working right now and our pitchers are throwing great. We all have each other’s backs for the plays we have to make.”
What’s been your favorite part of being on the team? “The team itself and the chemistry and the bonds we have with each other. It’s really one big family.”