Brock baseball adds local talent Matt Watson
The Brock University Baseball team is proud to announce their fifth recruit of the summer, with right-hander Matt Watson.
A local boy from Niagara Falls, Matt began his baseball career when he was ten in the Greater Niagara Baseball Association. Intially, Matt fought the idea of playing baseball, signed up by his parents to keep him busy. But once he began to play he fell in love with the sport, and learned he was a natural at it.
At eleven he was asked to join the Niagara Falcons, where he was used as an alternate due to his preference to stay enrolled in house leage. The next season Matt joined Bullett Proof baseball and joined Scott Bullett's elite level team. After playing under coach Bullett for several years Watson joined an American program, Team Full Ride out of Williamsville, New York. After two years, the team was dissolved and Matt joined The Academy Stars coached by Justin Santonocity. The next season he returned to Niagara Falls and has rejoined the Niagara Falcons, where he continues to play his summer ball.
Watson elected to enroll at Brock for three reasons, saying, "attending Brock I can live at home, receive a great education and play baseball, what else could I want?" The great education that Matt plans to receive will be a unique experience as he will be studying Sociology, with the plan to apply for Cooperative Education in Police Foundations at Niagara College in his second year. Through this program he can earn both a college diploma and a Bachelor of Arts.
On the field, Matt compares himself to Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, saying, "his confidence and the movement on his pitches have made him on of the most successful pitchers of all time. Though he isn't a starter, I feel like our presence on the mound is similar."
When asked about his newest pitcher, Coach Lounsbury can't hide his excitement saying, "It's great to have another player from my hometown of Niagara Falls, we haven't had many. Matt is one of those kids who kind of slipped threw the cracks and we are extremely lucky to have him. He has a plus arm with a huge upside. He has the potential to be one of the best high school guys ever here at Brock. He has really come along way in a short period of time, and this summer he was really turning some heads south of the border. With us losing so many arms from last year, he really has the opportunity to compete for innings early."
We would like to welcome Matt to the Brock Baseball program and wish him successful with the rest of his summer season, and of course with his career as a Badger! Stay tuned as we continue to announce recruits.