Photo by Jessica Mangili

Justin Galvan is a member of the varsity baseball team.

Jessica Mangili

He stands in the center of the outfield and just waits. He waits for that one moment where he has to make that split second decision that could make or break the game. For senior Justin Galvan the game of baseball is all mental. You have about half a second to swing with a 90 MPH fast ball barreling towards you. It all comes down to preparing for what might happen.

He enjoys the idea that baseball players don’t have to be in the the best physical shape or be the strongest like other athletes.

“It’s a sport of skill,” he said. “It is one of the most mentally challenging games there is. You just have to know what to do.”

For him it’s all about being one step ahead of the play, just like taking a test.

Galvan started playing on a team when he was 4 years old in the typical t-ball leagues following in both his grandfather’s and great grandfather’s foot steps.

“First thing I did when I was born was I hit a baseball,” he said.

He enjoys playing baseball, because it provides him with a way to pass the time and motivation to keep his grades up.