Player of the week: Matt Rowe (Feb. 23 – March 1)

Player of the week: Matt Rowe (Feb. 23 – March 1)

How do you feel about being named POTW?

“It was really cool. I didn’t think that I would be getting it to be honest, but I’ve never had something like this before so it’s really cool.”

What do you think about the baseball team’s success over the last week? / How did the team make changes to start winning?

“It’s a combination of our starting pitchers going deep into the game, offense hitting and our bullpen coming in clutch when we needed it.”

Do you have any pre-game rituals or how do you prepare for games?

”The night before I just run a little bit, maybe hit the gym. I just try to envision the game the night before, throwing strikes and just staying calm.”

What keeps you focused and in the game?

“Honestly, I don’t know. I sometimes have to step off myself and refocus myself if I zone out or what not.”

What is the team moral like?

“This is one of the most hardest working teams I’ve ever been on. Whether it comes from them running their hard 90’s or our pitchers throwing everyday when we don’t have to. We work harder than any team I’ve been on.”

What professional athlete do you model your game after?

“I don’t really have any players that I really care for. Jeff Kent was a really hard-working athlete, but he was also a hitter. He retired several years ago.”

What is your favorite memory while playing for Pierce?

“Last year probably when I pitched against Santa Ana. I was coming out of the pen, I wasn’t even starting at that point, and I went in and threw a seven inning shutout against one of the best teams in California so that was really cool.”

What are some of your expectations for the team for the rest of the season?

“If we keep playing like this, we’ll have a really good year. It’s really finding roles within the team right now. Once they all fall into place, I think we’ll do really well. We have the talent for it.”