The Lee-Scott Athlete of the Week is Marshall Whittington, a senior catcher and first baseman on the Warriors' baseball team.
The Auburn Villager: When did you get your start playing baseball?
Marshall Whittington: I've been playing ever since I was about 5. I really felt like I fell in love with the game when I was in sixth grade. I kind of came off a little rough year in fifth grade, started having some eye problems. When I got my contacts, I ended up really taking off in sixth grade and fell in love with the game and haven't looked back since.
AV: Did you have a favorite team or any role models growing up?
MW: I did. Albert Pujols has been my role model for a while. Now as I've gotten older, Alex Bregman of the Astros has been my guy to kind of watch. I like him because he's a guy who said he'd do anything to help the team win and that's kind of the motto I've taken upon myself — just wanting to be remembered as a guy who would do anything to help his team win.
AV: How has it been stepping into a leadership role as a senior?
MW: It's been great. This is the best team I've ever been a part of. The team chemistry is outstanding. We're at each other's houses hanging out, going out to eat. We love being around each other, so that's what has really led to our success so far and hopefully will in the playoffs coming up.
AV: What are some of the challenges of playing catcher?
MW: It's tough because you have many pitchers on the team and learning the strengths and weaknesses of each pitcher and how people respond to adversity and how to calm them down during the game. I'm glad to have been able to have these experiences. As senior I've been with these guys for three or four years, so it's been really good getting to know those guys. Now, as a senior I know their strengths and weaknesses, so I can really apply them during the game, so that's also led to some of our success.
AV: Do you ever get tired sitting in the catcher's position?
MW: Not really. That's the offseason training. That's why you go so hard in the offseason. You can catch full seven-inning games without really getting fatigued.
AV: Is there one game in your career that sticks out above the rest?
MW: Yesterday was probably my best offensive game. I was three for four with a homer, and it was a good game. I felt like my teammates swung the bat really well. Andrew and Brooks threw the ball really well on the mound. It was a great all-around game. That game really sticks out to me. And also the Glenwood game when we beat them 1-0 at their place. That's a really, really good team and they had a really good arm on the mound and we were really able to get down and battle. It was good to beat Glenwood.
AV: Do you play any other sports?
MW: Just baseball. I used to play football and basketball, but ever since ninth grade I've just stuck to baseball. I figured out that's what I really wanted to do and stuck with it.
AV: Do you have any hobbies you like to do outside of sports?
MW: I love music, so I play guitar and some drums., and that's fun. I like to fish when I get a chance, too.
AV: As a senior, do you know what you're going to do after graduation?
MW: Yeah. I'm going to play at Chattahoochee Valley in Phenix City, so that will be fun. Me and their pitching coach are really close. He was one of our coaches here the last couple years. He kind of helped me out there. It's going to be fun.