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Matt Goodwin

On Friday, May 12, Tunkhannock Area junior Matt Goodwin had two hits, drove in two runs and also scored to help lead the Tigers to an 8-4 victory over Wyoming Area. Goodwin also singled and drove in one of his team’s two runs before pitching two scoreless innings for the save in Tunkhannock’s 2-1 win against Berwick Monday afternoon. For his accomplishments, Goodwin has been named the Wyoming County Press Examiner’s Athlete of the Week.

Grade, age, hometown: Junior, 16, Tunkhannock

Family: Mick, father; Beth, mother; Michelle, sister, 20; Lexi, sister, 18.

Other sports I play: Soccer and basketball

Athletes I admire: Russell Westbrook

Favorite Movie: “Ride Along”

Favorite TV show: Cops

Favorite band/artist: Drake

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite school subject: History

Three people I’d like to have dinner with: “Donald Trump, Kevin Hart and Lane Ceccarelli.”

Biggest role model: “My mom because she inspires me to do great things and makes me work hard at everything.”

Superstitions or rituals: “I usually wear the same undershirt for each game.”

What were some of your goals for this season? “To bat .500 and I wanted us to have a winning record as well.”

Did you do anything extra to prepare for this season? “I played more travel baseball and spent a lot more time in the gym to get in swings.”

Everyone on the team has a nickname, some given out by head coach Gary Custer, what’s yours? “The team calls me Matty Ice.”

What is your approach like at the plate? “To have confidence and always be ready to hit the ball. I try to sit on a fastball and drive it.”

Has batting third contributed to you having one of the best batting averages in the conference? “It’s great being in a spot I am, I’m behind a greats hitters and in front of great hitters so I have trust in everyone around me.”

Have you enjoyed having the role of closer for some of your wins? “It’s a great feeling. Once again, there’s plenty of people behind me in the field, so I just try to pitch for outs and do the best I can.”

Do you have a different mind set coming in for relief than you do as a starter? “I’m most likely trying to throw my arm out and pitch as hard as I can, making it look like I’m gassed up try to blow it by kids. I have no fear and I just go in there with an open mind knowing I have a great defense behind me.”

Is there something you’re better at this year than as a sophomore? “Definitely my strength, which helps for hitting and fielding. I feel a lot stronger in the field and being able to hit the ball farther.”

What will you be working on to stay hot at the plate? “Keep building my confidence in my swing and working through my mechanics to make sure everything is in tip-top shape.”

What are your thoughts on the season so far? “I think we’re great. I think we’re going to do great in playoffs and I think we can win a district championship this year and get to states. I have a lot of confidence in our team.”

Do you think you’re gelling well as a team? “In the beginnnign wof the season We were trying to figure out who could play where and such in the beginning of the season, now we have a solid feel for everything and have been playing really well. I try to back up our captains (Connor Hulslander and Brian Muckin) to do what they say and just boost everyone’s confidence as much as I can to help with that.”

Is there something the team needs to improve on moving forward? “As a team, we just need to stay mentally confident and stay together and be strong together.”

What’s been your favorite part of being on the team? “All of the celebrating we do on the bus after wins and all the things we do as a team. We have a great time together and it’s really been fun.”