The Fairmont State Polar Bears are rich in baseball history. Each year more and more great players are churned out of west side, senior pitcher and infielder Matt Robbins is no different.
"Some kids have to, you know work real hard to get where they're at. He's just a, I don't know, a freak I guess, a freak of nature," said Fairmont Senior's coach Steve Naternicola with a smile. "Some kid that small, and throwing the way he does is unbelievable."
A freak is one way to put it, a strike out machine is another.
With speeds clocking just shy of 90 mph Robbins has power and batters struggle with the heat. But Robbins knows his game is about much more.
"Location and change of speeds. I throw a few that can go for strikes that change speeds, a nice curve ball. Coach calls a great game and our catchers go with it too," said Robbins.
The past few years number 3 has been a standout on the hill, in the infield and at the plate.
In 2012 he was named to the state's AAA All-Star team. This spring he was invited to play in the Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament in Tucson, AZ.
"He's a great kid, a very good competitor," said Naternicola. "He's tough. He's one of the better kids I've ever had."
Coach Naternicola knows a thing or two about good players and teams. West side is rich in baseball history having won 11 straight sectional titles.
Robbins hopes to lead the team to number 12 but knows it's a team effort that requires everyone to be focused and ready for each game.
"We got to keep focused, "said Robbins. "We get unfocused sometimes and we just got to keep it going. Keep working, and practicing. It's a long season.