Athlete Spotlight: McCann Tech's Robert Matte III
Berkshire Eagle: In your last outing, you were able to throw a no-hitter against Commerce; how did it feel to do that?
Robert Matte III: It felt pretty good. It's my first one of my varsity career. It was a pretty good milestone for me.
BE: When did you realize you were onto something and had a no-hitter going?
RM: I did. It was about the fourth inning
BE: What were your teammates like as you were going through the game?
RM: I didn't really talk to my teammates much. It sounds bad, but I sat at the end of the bench because I kind of knew what was going on, so I just tried to stay in the zone.
BE: What's your best pitch? When did you develop it?
RM: Fastball. I've always had a good arm, but I didn't start pitching until I was 12 or 13. So that's when I started developing my fastball.
BE: Choppy start to the year, the weather has been all over the place; what is it like dealing with that?
RM: Hearbreaking. You get excited for the game, then at the last-second it gets called off because the field's not ready, or it's too cold, or raining, or snowing. It's disappointing.
BE: Who is your favorite baseball player?
RM: Currently? Probably Max Scherzer. He's crazy. On the mound, he's ready and willing to do anything it takes to beat you.
BE: How did you choose to go to McCann Tech?
RM: I liked how it was a class week and then a break when you went to shop. I felt like that was a better fit for me than going to a school where all year it's just classes.
BE: Graduation is coming up really quickly. What's the plan for afterwards?
RM: I enlisted in the army back in November. After graduation, I plan to go down to Fort Benning, Georgia for basic training.
BE: What's your favorite food to eat? And where do you go in the Berkshires to get it?
RM: I have a few favorites. One of them is close to here — Little Tokyo. That has the best Asian food. Any time I'm hungry and any time I'm in the area, that's the place I go. Another is Pizza. Pizza Works in North Adams.
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