LIVINGSTON, NJ - Pitchers have one of the toughest jobs in baseball—they are involved in every play and the team relies heavily on them to perform well. Mark Silvestri has had an explosive start to his 2015-2016 season as a pitcher for Livingston High School, winning his first three games as a starting pitcher.

For his consistent and impeccable pitching, TAP into Livingston has named Silvestri the Athlete of the Week.

In three league games, Silvestri racked up a total of 34 strikeouts including 14 strikeouts in his third game against Newark Academy, which helped Livingston win the game, 3-2.

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"It's a big rush going through my body," Silvestri stated about the feeling he gets every time he strikes out a batter. "It's always great to help the team out."

These strikeouts also helped Silvestri get a shutout in his first start of the season against Colombia—a 6-0 win. 

Silvestri has helped Livingston win games through his consistent ability to keep the opponents’ scoring at bay. His consistency has been shown through his incredibly low ERA of 2.57 through these three starts, which has helped to boost the spirits of his teammates.

Livingston's varsity baseball coach, Scott Schroeder, complimented Silvestri stating, "Whenever Mark is on the mound, we know we have a very good shot at winning the game. He is a bulldog that will give his teammates a strong seven inning outing every time he is on the mound. He controls the game at his pace. When on the mound, the players have confidence in him, which increases their confidence to win the game.”

When asked what has contributed to his recent success Silvestri said, "I've learned a lot from my team and Coach Schroeder. It's always great having a team that hits and makes the plays behind you. We learn from our mistakes as a team."

Silvestri is not only considered a team player, but also a silent leader. Schroeder agreed with this statement saying, "Mark is a quiet leader. He doesn't talk much, but his actions are louder than his words. I think the best quality Mark has is his toughness. Not too many athletes in today's society have both the mental and physical toughness to be able to handle both success and failure and to be able to go back to work the next day and be better than the day before. Mark has that quality—he is a tough young man who loves a challenge. I think Mark will have a very nice career at Rhode Island next year and wish him great success."        

Silvestri, who is a three-sport varsity athlete for Livingston, baseball, football, and basketball, will be attending the University of Rhode Island at the end of this school year, and will be playing baseball for them.

Silvestri is also a nominee for best baseball player in the Super Essex Conference.