GALION — The Galion Graders did not have the best of weeks from Sunday June 18 through June 25. Galion went 1-5 in that time from and found themselves outscored 51-33 in that time frame.
However, the Graders did get a spark from the offense created by this week’s Graders Great of the Week, Matt Noel.
Noel is a six foot, 205-pound junior from Malone College and calls Tallmadge, Ohio his home. Matt is majoring in Exercise Science/Pre-Physical Therapy at Malone and is well decorated as far as awards go on the collegiate level.
During that six-game time frame, Noel batted .459 going 11/24 at the dish. Although all of Matt’s hits were singles, he also managed to score two runs and drive in two for the Graders amidst their slump. To keep his momentum going, Noel continued to swing a hot bat on Tuesday when Galion defeated Hamilton, 5-4, in 12 innings. Matt finished the game with a single, a double and a run batted in.
“I just try to keep the same approach every at-bat and try not to stray away from what I’ve been taught to do,” Noel says in response to his hot streak. As for all of his hits being singles, Matt answers with a laugh, “I’m not one to generally leg something out…I’m more of a stand-up double type of guy, not really a beat-it-out type of guy.”
Congratulations to Matt on earning the Graders Great of the Week!