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Scholar Athlete of the Week
from Eyewitness Sports Online


Student: Josh Burdette
School: South Charleston
Primary Sport: Baseball

He is on one of the most surprising baseball team's this spring, and so far things have been going great for South Charleston and Josh Burdette.

"We started off really strong but we have slacked off the past few games but hopefully today will bring us back to where we need to be," said Burdette

Like his teammates Burdette started the season on fire, but has struggled since that point, and he hopes to break out of his latest hitting slump.

"I need to stop thinking so much every time I go to the plate I'm thinking stuff running through my head i just need to relax and hit the ball," Burdette said.

As the catcher, Burdette is like the quarterback on the team, leading his pitching staff with a mixture on veterans and newcomers.

"Young guys got a lot of potential Josh (Hudson) is a good guy to look up to the way he hits the ball, the way he works," said Burdette. "He has a great work ethic he's good for the younger guys to look up to."

Burdette carries a 4.75 GPA and his secret to success is plainly doing his work.

"Lot of kids don't know you have to do your homework. All you've got to do is turn it in and study and your good to go," he said.

The Black Eagles haven't made it to the state tournament since they won it all in 2006, and Burdette hopes 2011 is the turnaround point.

"We won it in 2006 before I even thought about playing up here. They had a really strong team and I think we need to pick it back up where we were at the beginning of the season. And I think we will be just fine i think we'll make it."

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