Athlete Spotlight: McCann Tech's Robert Matte III

On a rainy and cold Sunday afternoon, McCann Tech senior and baseball pitcher Robert Matte III took some time to come to The Berkshire Eagle building to talk about the start of the season, and life as a Hornet. Matte came down two days removed from pitching a no-hitter against Commerce. In that game, he struck out 11 batters. The lone blemishes for the contest were a pair of walks and a fielding error in a 7-0 win. Matte has his Hornets at 2-0 after pitching in both of the games this year.

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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