Folsom Athlete of the Week: Matt SligerBy: Matt Long of the Telegraph
Matt Sliger didn’t get many at bats during the District 54 Little League All-Star Tournament, but Sliger’s bigger role on the Folsom American Major team came on the mound.
Sliger started two of the team’s five games, both wins over an undermanned Divide team and the eventual runner-up, Roseville West. Neither team scored a run on Sliger, as his command and control on the mound were out of sight.
“Matt had a great year overall,” Folsom American Major All-Star Manager Bob Tremain said. “At the City Classic, he beat Folsom National and I think he struck out 13. He’s been a horse on the mound all year and he was our number-one pitcher. He’s a good kid and I enjoyed coaching him.”
Folsom Telegraph: How old are you, what school do you go to and what grade will you be in this fall?
Matthew Sliger: I am 13 years old. I go to St. John Notre Dame. I will be in the eighth grade.
FT: Do sports run in the family?
MS: Yes, my parents and sister have been involved in sports. We are also big sports fans and follow college and professional sports.
FT: How long have you been playing baseball? What position(s) do you play. What do you like best about it?
MS: Since I was 4. I am a pitcher. I also play third base, first base and shortstop. I like competing. I also like that it is a team sport, but has a lot of individual participation.
FT: Do you play any other sports?
FT: What was the highlight or best part of the recent All-Star tournament?
MS: When my team beat Roseville West 18-0 because they thought we wouldn’t challenge them and it wasn’t going to be a close game.
FT: What is your top baseball memory? Why?
MS: I am going to a tournament in Cooperstown, NY next week with my Folsom Flames team. I am very excited about it. I think it will be the trip of a lifetime with a lot of great memories.
FT: What’s your favorite class/subject in school and why?
MS: English/Language Arts because the teacher is my favorite.
FT: Favorite sports team?
MS: San Francisco Giants.
FT: Favorite professional athlete?
MS: Johnny Cueto.
FT: Favorite Food?
FT: What inspires you in sports?
MS: My love for it and I love competing.
FT: Do you have any interesting hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
MS: I like to hang out with my friends.
FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.
MS: Yes. My cat, Mary. She is 13 years old. I love her.
FT: What do you think you might want to do when you grow up?
MS: Professional Baseball player.