Academic All Star - Pat Barrett

By wbng sports

July 20, 2010 Updated Jul 20, 2010 at 3:23 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton)

Pat Barrett bats 6th in the Maine-Endwell lineup and has an average right around 400.

But he's just as proud of his standing of 6th in his senior class with a grade point average in the upper 90's.

Put them both together and you have the perfect fit for our academic all star.

" Oh definitely because every team is going to give you their best. We've seen every team's best pitcher so far this year and you just have to stay focused and battle to beat that pitcher and keep winning game by game."

It's been like that for the past 2 seasons of Maine-Endwell baseball.
After winning a state title in 2008, and going back to the final 4 last season, the Spartans are challenged every game.

Pat Barrett attacks his school day with the same intensity.

He has 3 advanced placement classes and plans on studying pre-med at Northeastern next year.

He values his grade point average just as much as his batting average.

Pat says, " If not equal it's probably more important to me to do better in the classroom. That's what's going to get you places in life. i love sports, but definitely doing well in school is more important to me. "

His interest in medicine comes from when his father was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago.
Pat says he wants to make the same impact his father's caregivers made.

He stays on top of his studies, but is just as organized on the field.
He's the one shouting out directions to his other outfielders, trying to make the most of every moment.

Coach Gary Crooks says, " Pat is somebody who will always try to get the best out of his teammates. This group they go about that differently because they are so close and sometimes they will get on each other."

He stands out on a team of standouts, striving for the best both on the field and in his studies.
That's why Pat Barrett is this week's academic all star.

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