With senior athletes seeing the final months of their high school careers affected both on and off the fields and away from the gyms, The Ruden Report has started a new series, Senior Moments, to put the spotlight on some of the best of the Class of 2020.
Next up is Ridgefield’s Matt DeLuca, a basketball player and one of the state’s top pitchers, who next year will be playing at Quinnipiac.
TRR: What have you been doing to keep yourself busy?
MD: I’ve been doing as much as I can. Going to the field, throwing bullpen, hitting with the guys and now once the fields were closed doing things on my own. Working out at home and lots of running and conditioning.
TRR: How frustrating is this for you?
MD: Pretty frustrating. I definitely don’t want my last season at the high school to end. I can feel the pain of those college seniors and I don’t want that experience to happen. That’s just terrible.
TRR: You have taken a double hit because this also cost you the end of your basketball season after winning the FCIAC title. Does getting in most of the season and the championship help?
MD: Ending off with a win is always great but a lot of the guys were depressed, including myself, at not having the chance to compete for that state championship because this is our best record in school history.
TRR: What non-sports related activities have you been doing to keep busy?
MD: A lot of Xbox, a lot of driving around, trying to kill time. Random things.
TRR: Senior students have a lot of activities that take place in the spring. Which one or ones are you most afraid of losing?
MD: I’d say playing with my teammates who I’ve been playing with since like 10/U baseball. We have a great connection. Not being able to play with them one more time would be devastating. As for non-sports, hanging out with the guys and I am starting to miss school. That’s kind of weird to say.
TRR: If this is all over for you what is your sports highlight at Ridgefield?
MD: I’d saying pitching in the state championship as a sophomore. I pitched the quarterfinal and then I came on in relief in the semifinal and then I pitched in the championship as a sophomore.