State College’s Gavin Schaefer-Hood is a Centre Daily Times Athlete of the Week.
As a shortstop, the senior contributed toward the Little Lions’ 1-0 victory over North Allegheny on Tuesday in the opening round of the PIAA Class 6A playoffs — but it was his pitching performance Thursday in the quarterfinals that earned him this award. Schaefer-Hood set the tone on the mound by scattering seven hits en route to a 3-1 victory over Penn Manor.
He struck out just one batter, but he made few mistakes. He located his fastball, kept the intensity turned up and even drove in a run on a line-drive single. The senior has played an important role this season, and at no time was that more evident than Thursday.