Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As a junior, Michael Korchak and fellow Seton pitcher Patrick Gosney's competition led to something special. A state baseball championship, which was the first in school history.
Now as a senior that friendly competition continues for the Saints...this time led by Korchak.
"Everyday is a competition for us in practice, no matter what we're doing," he said. "Whether it's seeing who can hit the most home runs in batting practice or seeing who can spit seeds the farthest. Everything we do is a competition between us guys."
But it isn't only on the baseball field where Korchak believes that edge can be helpful.
"I definitely think I can do some damage in the business world in the future."
One of his favorite classes at Seton so far has been AP Economics. Korchak plans to go into either finance or economics when he gets to Bucknell next fall to continue his baseball career at the college level.
That's where he hopes he'll be earning more than just wins on the diamond.
"I just feel like I'm a competitive guy, so I could talk to some people, get some things done," said Korchak. "Get the job done for everyone I'm working with in the future."
But whether it's baseball, school, or even as he says, spitting sunflower seeds, Korchak doesn't like to come in second.
"I mean whatever I do, I want to win, I want to be first. If it's not first, the next time I do it I'm working even harder to get there."
That drive to be the best is what makes Michael Korchak this week's Academic All-Star.