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Hartman puts up big numbers

Name: Matt Hartman

School: Altoona Area

Age: 18

Grade: Senior

Sport: Baseball

Athlete of the week achievement: Hartman went 5-for-9, scored six runs and drove in a run in three victories — 10-0 over Punxsutawney, 5-0 over Latrobe and 12-0 over Huntingdon. He also fired a five-hit shutout in the win over Latrobe with nine strikeouts and no walks.

Season update: Hartman is hitting .469 (23-for-49) with 12 RBIs, 17 runs and 15 stolen bases. He is also 3-1 on the mound with a 1.35 ERA and 29 strikeouts with one walk in 31 innings.

Coach Tom Smith’s quote: “Matt is enjoying a great senior season on the mound and at the plate. For him to have four complete games speaks volumes. He is a pleasure to watch on the mound. At the plate, Matt is our most consistent hitter. He recently reached base 12 consecutive times and just seems to square the ball up on almost every at bat.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Stoudnour

Favorite subject: Forensic chemistry

Favorite movie: “Step Brothers”

Favorite food: Tacos

Favorite song: “Aint Goin Back” by Russ

Outside interests: Snowboarding, indoor soccer

Favorite professional team: Boston Red Sox

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: David Ortiz

Best athlete I ever competed against: Hollidaysburg’s Sam Servello

Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad, Dave Brisbin and Coach Smith

Proudest athletic achievement: Starting varsity as a freshman

How I got my start in baseball: T-ball at AIYBL

Future goal: Play in the MLB

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