Sport: Baseball, track
Claim to fame: Martin is a two-year letterman on the baseball team but really made his mark in track and field, where he finished fourth in Class 2A pole vault two weeks ago at the UIL state meet with a height of 14-feet, 6-inches. Martin signed a track scholarship with Division II Texas A&M-Kingsville on Wednesday.
What has it been like to experience a baseball season like this one, where No. 2 Salado (31-5-1) is thought to be a serious contender for the state championship?
“Coming up, we kind of thought we had a good chance. We played well last year in 3A, ... so going down to 2A we knew we’d have a chance to make it to the state tournament, which is something we’re still hoping for.”
What’s it been like playing with those kind of expectations hanging over your team?
“I know a lot of us were at that 2008 (championship) game and since that day said in our minds that we want to follow in their footsteps and bring another (state title) to Salado.”
When did you realize your future was in track and not in baseball?
“Last year I played summer ball and I went to a lot of showcases and I thought I wanted to play baseball in college but that really wasn’t going the way I wanted it to and pole vaulting came along quicker than I expected it to. And I started getting some calls and taking visits and I knew that was (the direction) I was going to be going.”
What’s tougher, baseball or pole vaulting?
“Baseball probably adds a little more pressure on you because it’s a team sport and you don’t want to let the team down. In pole vault, it’s kind of all on yourself, you don’t have a team you’re trying to win games with either.”
Do you do anything unique to prepare for a game?
“I’ll take an ice bath the night before to get my legs going, and then just listen to some music, relax, maybe take a nap on the bus.”
An ice bath?
“I love them, the hardest part is getting in, after that you kind of go numb. I actually listen to music in there to take my mind off of it.”
What kind of music is best for an ice bath?
“I actually put on some Pandora and found a new station with Latin hip-hop. I have no idea what they’re saying but it’s just a good beat and some of the guys have started listening to it — something crazy we do.”
What do you mean “crazy”?
“It’s just like a little fiesta we have. Me and (junior ace) Casey (Frazier), coming back from College Station ... we had the music blaring. I think we annoyed every one but we were enjoying it.”
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