Baseball has always been a part of recent Altoona Area High School graduate Matt "Chooch" McDonald's life.
After picking up the game from an early age, McDonald will now continue his baseball career at Thiel College in Greenville.
"I am a baseball junkie,'' McDonald said. "I can't go a day without it. My life revolves around baseball."
McDonald, a pitcher and first baseman, chose Thiel over Mount Aloysius, Centenary and La Roche. He will study in business administration, specializing in management.
"I chose Thiel mainly because the coaches said I could get a chance to play,'' he said. "I also like the campus there, and I'd get an opportunity to start in my freshman year."
McDonald struck out 56 batters in his junior and senior years of high school. In games against Hollidaysburg and Punxsutawney, he had a combined 23 strikeouts.
"He was a three-year starter,'' Altoona coach Tom Smith said. "He struggled a little bit as a 10th grader, but he was a good kid. He was a good kid to have over the past couple of years."
Smith said he thinks McDonald, a fastball pitcher, will do well at Thiel.
"I'm sure he will do fine at the next level,'' Smith said. "He will do fine, because he will do whatever the coaches ask him to do."
The left-handed pitcher will now fulfill his dream of playing baseball in college.
"I played when I was 7, and of course, I was talented at it,'' McDonald said. "The more talented you are at something, the more you like it. From there it grew to a passion."