Town of Fenton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Baseball is full of numbers, and a lot of times they can define a player. The good news for Chenango Valley senior Matt Personius, he's a 'numbers' guy.
"I just like understanding how everything works out and it just interests me for some reason," he said.
That's why his favorite subject is physics. It's what he plans to major in once he gets to SUNY Cortland next fall.
On the baseball diamond, the numbers make it clear, he's talented.
He's set CV's all-time career stolen bases record and all-time triples record already, and he's on pace to set new career standards in a number of different batting categories. So the numbers are in his favor.
"I've found myself a time or two looking at the physics behind it," said Personius. "It's interesting so I'll definitely keep physics in mind when I'm doing a lot of different things."
That includes baseball.
"I think about it a lot while I'm practicing and stuff," he said. "When it's time to play I kind of just let it happen."
But he says the numbers don't affect how he plays the game.
"A lot of times you make corrections with kids and their swings. He's just one of those kids, I let him do his thing," said CV head coach Michael Allen. "He's been doing great, batting I think .547 right now."
"Baseball is nice because for whatever reason I'm able to clear my mind whenever I play, and it just gives me a good opportunity to have fun and be with people that I like being with," Personius added.
Solving baseball's equation one play at a time, Matt Personius is this week's Academic All-Star.