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J.J. Matijevic's home-run streak got a little more ridiculous today.
Oh yeah. His consecutive hit streak also reached double figures.
Matijevic, a 6-foot senior shortstop, is on a streak for the ages, and that's not an overstatement. Matijevic hit a home run today in an 11-5 victory against previously undefeated Penn-Trafford. It was the sixth consecutive game that Matijevic has hit a home run. Matijevic is a University of Arizona recruit.
According to the National Federation of State High School Association's record book, Matijevic's home-run streak now ties for the 12th-longest ever in the country. Two other players hit home runs in six consecutive games. Four hit in seven-consecutive games, one in eight and five in nine. The record for consecutive games with a home run is 10 by Ethan Bennett of Knoxville, Tenn., in 2010.
Norwin is 6-1. Matijevic did not hit a home run in the opener, but has hit at least one in six games since. He had two against North Allegheny. For the season, he has seven home runs and a whopping 25 RBIs in only seven games.
Now about the consecutive hits streak. Matijevic was 2 for 2 today against Penn-Trafford. That means he has a hit in 10 consecutive at-bats (not plate apperances, but at-bats. He has some walks). Besides his homer today, he had a two-run double and walked with the bases loaded.
No one has WPIAL home-run records. But I will say that I have been covering WPIAL baseball for more than 30 years and I have never heard of a WPIAL player having this kind of home-run streak. I have heard of similar consecutive-hit streaks. But when you put both of Matijevic's streaks together, it is really incredible.
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If you're don't want to see Jeff Zatkoff appear in a game over the next two months, you're not alone. Zatkoff hopes his season is done also.
That's not a condemnation of Zatkoff's play. It's simply the reality of the postseason. If the backup goaltender has to play for any reason, that's never a good development.
Zatkoff wrapped up his regular season with a 3-2 shootout loss to the Senators last night. Thrust into the backup role just days prior to the regular season in the wake of Tomas Vokoun being stricken with blood clots, Zatkoff appeared in 20 games this season and went 12-6-2 with a 2.81 goals against average, a .912 save percentage and one shutout.
Following last night's game, Zatkoff talked about his first NHL regular season and what life will be like in the postseason:
How do you assess your first regular season at the NHL level?
"This has been a great experience for me. This is my dream to play in the NHL To be able to get the opportunity and to get that chance, it’s been a dream come true. It was a lot of fun. A lot of hard work. It got long at the end there [of the regular season] when I think we saw playoffs in sight. I think everyone was getting anxious there to get to the playoffs. Looking back, it was great. It started off in the first game, probably not like I wanted to but from that, I think I was able to build from each game and establish myself."
How do you feel in terms of confidence as an NHLer after one regular season?
"I think it’s night and day difference. I always believed in myself that I could play at this level but you want to prove it to everyone else. I remember not even be able to sleep for my first few of games. Now, it’s like just another game. You just get comfortable with the guys, the situations, the speed of the game, making you’re reads. The games slowed down the more I’ve played and I’ve been able to build in each experience."
Do you have a greater sense of belonging here now?
I don’t think anyone really knew who I was outside the organization and [the Kings], in terms of fans and being able to play and getting some wins and showing what you could do at this level. Getting the backing of management on the [contract] extension really puts a lot of confidence in you. I think it was a good first season. Obviously looking to build and get better from here.
If things go to plan, you won't play for the next two months. How do you approach the postseason knowing you won't have any scheduled starts?
"Hopefully, I don’t play. Not saying I don’t want to. Same way I’ve been going. Really, my games are my practices. If I’m ever called upon or just have to go in there for a little while, I’ve just got to make sure I’m ready and on top of my game. No excuses for not being ready just because you’re not expected to play. It just puts a lot more emphasis on my practice habits."
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For many high schoolers, prom night is the most enchanted evening of the year. But that fairy tale does come with a cost.
According to a survey released this month by Visa Inc., families are tightening their wallets when it comes to prom spending. The average American household will spend $978 on prom attire, accessories and activities related to the dance, down 14 percent from $1,139 in 2013.
The decline comes after three years of steady increases in prom spending. The survey also showed that families out West will spend the most on prom -- $1,125 on average -- when compared to those who live in other parts of the country. Parents who are younger than 40 years old also spend less to help their children prep for the prom than those who are older.
Other Visa survey statistics:
- Parents who earn less than $50,000 will typically spend less on prom than the national average
- Parents will cover about 56 percent of prom costs on average, with students paying for the rest
- Canadian households tend to spend about 25 percent less on prom than Americans
- Men will spend more than double what women will on prom (about $1,357 compared to $673)
The survey is based on information collected from 4,000 telephone interviews. For prom money saving tips, visit the website for Visa's Practical Money Skills for Life education program at www.practicalmoneyskills.com.
And don't forget!
For prom prep tips for guys (social graces, what to wear, etc.), check out the PG's Guys' Guide to Prom.
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