Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Of all the things that make Owego's Matt Marsili stand out on a baseball diamond, the biggest one isn't his bat or his arm. It's his head.
"He's always thinking," said coach Phil Schofield. "He's always thinking about situations. He's a student a student of the game, so every day he learns something new. He's a sponge, so he absorbs everything he hears."
"The game is 90 percent mental, 10 percent physical," says Marsili. "You have to know what's going on every single time, in any situation. People that aren't thinking -- those people are left behind. You have to know what's going on."
Matt's approach to baseball mirrors his approach in the classroom. The junior carries a 93 average and is a candidate for the National Honor Society.
Whether he's pitching, hitting a ball or hitting the books, it's all the same to him.
"I'm working hard through the classes and not everything comes easy," said Marsili. "That's that much more work I have to do. Baseball never came easy for me, I have to work really hard in the offseason. That's where I am right now, and that's the same way it is for school."
"I never have to worry about what he's doing in class, what he's doing with his grades," said Schofield. "Student comes first."
Matt has committed to play baseball for James Madison University in Virginia, where he'll major in business. But before he does that, he has some unfinished business here.
"I want to win a sectional title so bad."
"He wants the ball. He's the type of pitcher that says 'I want the ball' in a big situation, and nine out of ten times, he's going to succeed," his coach said.
Whether it's a big game or a physics equation, Matt Marsili welcomes the challenge.
A true student athlete.