Mahopac senior Matteo Avallone plays first base and is a team captain on the varsity baseball team.
How old were you when you started playing baseball and how did you get started?
I started playing when I was around 5 or 6. I started off playing wiffle ball with my cousins, then eventually got into MSA baseball.
How would you describe yourself as a baseball player? What are your strengths?
I would describe myself as a smart player. My strengths are definitely my defense and hitting for power.
When it comes to hitting and fielding, do you think the team is stronger in one area, or equally strong in both?
Our team is pretty well rounded—there aren’t many holes in our game.
Are there any games on the schedule that you’re especially looking forward to this season?
I’m definitely looking forward to our league games which include Arlington, Ketcham, John Jay-East Fishkill and Carmel. We have a lot to prove this year and it starts with these games.
As a senior captain, how do you see your role on the team, and how much do you value being a team leader?
I see myself as a captain who leads by example by going about all my business in the right way. Having strong leaders is a huge part of having a strong team.
What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?
Nothing can beat having a good time on the bus ride back home after a big win.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
The person who I aspire to be like is probably Brendan White. He was a great leader last year on the team and he taught me a lot of things about being a great leader, teammate and ballplayer.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
My teammate, Brian Murray, is my barber.
Do you plan on continuing to play baseball in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you choose that school?
Yes, I do plan on playing college baseball. I am not committed anywhere yet.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?
My favorite athlete is Noah Syndergaard and my favorite team is the New York Mets.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a baseball game or tournament?
I listen to just about anything to get me ready for competition.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
Super strength, so I could hit baseballs very far.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
Greece because it looks pretty cool on the internet and probably looks 100 times better in real life.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
A bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios gets the job done.
Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?
My house, my keen sense for the perfect cereal to milk ratio is otherworldly.
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?
Twitter because you have the ability to communicate with anybody in the world which is pretty crazy if you think about it.
For a young athlete growing up in Mahopac, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the baseball program and why should they go out for the team?
It’s a great experience that has definitely changed my life. To all the kids, you are very lucky to be growing up in a town that values baseball so much. The tradition is rich and the coaches will teach you a lot about the game and life. Not everybody is lucky enough to grow up in a town like this, so take advantage of it. You won’t regret it.