New Jersey Super-17 Program
As New Jersey Super-17 players go, outfielder Matt Marquis is on the younger side. At fifteen years old, he completed his first full season on the Central Jersey roster. He enters his junior year at Immaculata High School in September and “can’t wait,” as he puts it, for the summer 2006 season.
In the meantime, he plans to use the excellent training and experience that he gained in the Super-17 inaugural season to enhance his level of play in the scholastic season next year.
Among the techniques, attitudes, and skills he has learned after only one Super-17 season are how to take a different “approach at the plate” and that he must always “train hard” to be the best ball player that he can be. He knows now that, as a hitter, he must “be aggressive, work the count, and have better plate coverage” when he swings the bat. Probably the most valuable aspects of hitting that he has learned is be “stronger going the other way with the pitch” and to always look for a pitch that he can handle.
Learning to have good discipline as a hitter comes easy when you find yourself surrounded by great players, who share the same attribute. Matt is especially grateful for the “great teammates” he had in Super-17 and the “great friends” that he has made in the program.
For Matt Marquis, the baseball future looms indeed bright. He appreciates that the Super-17 program attracted “lots of schools and lots of scouts,” but, for the present, he is content to take matters “one step at a time.” His long-term baseball aspirations include securing a possible scholarship to an Ivy League or a Division I university.
His short-term interest, though, was to travel to South Carolina with his AAU team, the New Jersey Arsenals, to compete in the Triple Crown Tournament. Knowing Matt’s enthusiasm for the game, as well as his determination to succeed, Hunterdon County Baseball has every confidence that he will achieve the “marquee” goals that he has set for himself.