Matt Bolger is about to live his dream of playing the sport of baseball beyond high school.
The18-year old Bob Jones High senior signed a scholarship to play his favorite sport at the University of South of Alabama in Mobile.
The son of Phil and Dianne Bolger, the youngest of three Bolger children will embark on his senior year of baseball for Bob Jones next spring leading the Patriots as starting shortstop for the third year in a row. His three career stats going into his senior season include a .326 batting average, 69 runs scored, 73 hits and 39 RBIs. He’s looked to jump-start the Patriots’ offense as the No. 2 hitter in the lineup.
“Offensively, he is the player that makes us go,” said Jeff Bell, head coach of Bob Jones. “He plays with great energy and enthusiasm as he’s one of our leaders on and off the field. He is an outstanding shortstop.”
Growing up in Madison, Bolger played youth baseball at Palmer Park and joined the North Alabama Giants travel team. For the past two years, Bolger has played for the Excel Baseball Academy based in Oxford, Ala. Bolger remembers his youth as fun years with baseball.
“We used to play Wiffleball games in our backyard as the entire neighborhood kids would converge there for some fun games,” said Bolger. “Baseball is an awesome sport. Through the years I’ve always tried to get better and I’ve been blessed to stay healthy through the years.”
Academically, Bolger carries a 4.47 GPA, is ranked among the top 10-percent of his senior class, and hopes to be awarded a Presidential Scholarship in addition to his athletic scholarship and plans on studying Biomedical Sciences at USA.
“I want in the medical field as my career,” said Bolger. “I liked to be a physical therapist or even yet, an athletic trainer as I would love to stay in sports.”
The 5-foot-8, 175-pound Bolger said his hobbies include golf and working out, especially at the Madison Wellness Center.
Asked why he chose USA for his college, Bolger said, “USA has great facilities and has a new coaching staff as they were straight up with me on what I could do for the program and they were very humble. I liked them. Not to mention, Gulf Shores is not far away. I like that idea, too.”
Chosen to play in the North-South Alabama Coaches All-Star Game earlier this year, Bolger is an all-around athlete on the baseball field. He can hit, run, catch and, according to his self description, “The hardest playing player on the field. I’ll certainly have the dirtiest uniform of any player out there.”