Freshman Matthew Pillado is the only freshman this season to make the Varsity Baseball Team. When asked how he felt about being on the team, he said, “It feels amazing but there’s no time to joke around. I have to work twice as hard to prove to the coaches I belong there.” In practice they do a lot of running and workouts during practice.
These days, sports can affect grades; players have to juggle doing homework, studying for test, and training really hard. The exhaustion builds over the course of the days and weeks. When asked if he was having this problem, Matt said, “No, it’s not that difficult but [sports] does get in the way sometimes.” Players often feel stressed with the amount of work in their classroom and their sports life.
When getting this opportunity, some would think this may have changed his life in some way. Matthew says, “I definitely know more people now because of this. Also it does put more pressure on me to do my best. The players and coaches always get on me, but it’s for my best, so it’s worth it.” Being apart of a team fosters friendships and pushes one to do his best.
When asked about Matt Coach Doty responded with, “Matt will play both Varsity and JV this year. He is one of many talented young players for us. We expect him to have a good year for both JV and Varsity. He can play three or four of our infield positions. He will play Short Stop and Third Base most of the time. He has the potential to be a very good hitter and has outstanding hands for a young player. We look forward to Matt having a success with the Hawks for a really long time.”
Come on out to the field and watch Matt and the VHS Varsity Baseball Team play at home this Friday at 7:00 P.M.