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Priceville High's Matt Croft.
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Priceville High's Matt Croft
Center fielder Matt Croft is a junior and a three-year starter for the Priceville High Bulldogs, who are enjoying a fast start to the high school baseball season with an 8-1 record. Croft caught 10 questions from The Daily's Brooke Milam before practice this week:
Question: Priceville is 8-1 so far this season. What part of your team's game do you have the most confidence in?
Answer: Probably our fielding is the best right now. It comes with age. We've got several juniors and seniors that have played every year.
Q: Batting second, how much do you depend on junior lead-off batter Eli Allen?
A: It's kind of like if Eli gets on, I get on. If he gets out, I get out. It's been that way all the way through. We've played together since we were like 10.
Q: You've gotten a hit in every game this year. How superstitious are you about streak hitting?
A: Very. I've got to have a certain helmet — one that nobody else wears. I undo my batting gloves several times, touch the plate on all sides. ... It's worked so far this year though.
Q: In your opinion, who's the most dominant outfielder in the pros today?
A: Probably (Atlanta Braves' center fielder) Andruw Jones. He's still my favorite. The last Braves game I went to was about two years ago, but we try to go every summer.
Our team actually gets to play on the Braves' spring training field in a couple of weeks. It's a tournament in Kissimmee (Fla.). We usually go to Gulf Shores for a spring break tournament, but this year we're going to Kissimmee, so that's pretty neat.
Q: What's the best movie you've seen in 2007?
A: It's still early. The last movie I watched was "Gladiator" and that was made in like 1998, but it's still one of my favorite movies. For new movies, "The Illusionist" was good, and "300" comes out Friday — that's what I'm waiting on.
Q: If you tried out for American Idol, what song would you sing?
A: "You Belong to Me." Doesn't sound like a normal high school guy, but it's one of my favorite songs.
Q: How do you make school fun?
A: Well, it's hard. My first couple of periods are tough — from chemistry, to English, to pre-calculus. It makes me want to go home and sleep the rest of the day. But me and my friends goof around some, just like most high schoolers. I took classes this summer to get ahead. My freshman year, I doubled up on math and this year, I'm doubling up on science. I want to be an anesthesiologist. I've wanted to do that a long time, probably since I had my first sinus surgery when I was 8 or 9 years old.
Q: How old would you be, if you could go back to any age?
A: I guess like 5 or 6 — when you can do whatever you want and not get in trouble for it. I was always outside getting in trouble for messing up new clothes.
Q: You were raised in Priceville, but what city is your favorite to visit?
A: Well, we actually lived in Destin (Fla.) for two years when I was younger. It was nice leaving school and going to the beach every day. I also like San Francisco. Year before last, I was up there for New Year's.
Q: The weather is warming up. What's your favorite spring activity besides baseball?
A: Swimming, I guess. There's nothing else to do besides baseball and swimming. We usually have an American Legion team out here, and we actually made it to state this year. So, baseball is pretty much an all-year thing.
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