Everyone has heard the saying "good things come to those who wait."
That was the case for DeLone Catholic second baseman Matt LeFaivreof Taneytown -- but he didn't have to wait long.
LeFaivre, 16, was one of four sophomores to start for DeLone's varsity baseball team in Hanover, Pa.
After the team finished with adisappointing 4-11 record his freshman year, DeLone turned things around this season by posting an impressive 11-3 mark in the Blue Mountain League and reaching the district playoffs.
LeFaivre played a major role in this year's turnaround and he credits his freshman year as a valuable learning experience.
"We didn't have a very good year my freshman season but I got to play a lot," LeFaivre said.
"Stepping right into varsity gave me a good idea of the tough competition."
DeLone made the dramatic turnaround with about the same team ithad the previous year and LeFaivre says the team's success was just a matter of buckling down and playing hard.
"This year was overwhelming," he said.
"Basically, we had the same people and just got more on the ball and had greater determination. There's no question wehave the talent and we should be even better next year."
DeLone coach Tom Staub agrees and is expecting bigger and better things from LeFaivre in the upcoming years.
"He's a good defensive second baseman but is still a little rough around the base, although we did turna lot more double plays this year than usual. He still has a lot to learn, but that will come with experience," Staub said of LeFaivre, who played mostly at third base his freshman year.
"It was a changeplaying second," LeFaivre said. "I was on the different side of the bag and still have to work on turning the double play quicker."
Offensively, LeFaivre batted .425 for the year in various spots of the lineup.
"As a sophomore, he's a good aggressive hitter. We had himbatting third in the beginning after our regular third hitter was injured and then I dropped him down to seventh to ease the pressure on him. He'll probably be batting third for us next year," Staub said.
With such expectations, LeFaivre is going to work on his power during the summer.
"I'll be playing in the Westminster Babe Ruth League. It should help me a lot playing with that age group -- mostly older high school players," he said.
"I would like to work on my power. I was mostly a singles and doubles hitter this season, but I know Ican hit the long ball."
Staub also will look to LeFaivre to provide leadership.
"I'll take it as it comes (his leadership role). I just try to help everyone and try to get the team fired up when I have to," LeFaivre said.
Next fall, LeFaivre will be playing his third year of football at DeLone.
Last season, he played tight end andmiddle linebacker for the team that won the Blue Mountain League with a 12-2 record and reached the state semifinals.
"We have a very good football program here. It's a real easy program to pick up," said the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder, who first played football in the eighth grade.
"I enjoy the action and the aggression and love to catch the ball," he said. "I had two TDs last season."
LeFaivre enjoys theother aspects the school brings aside from sports.
"It's a great community school and a good place to make friends," he said.
"It'salso a very tough school scholastically and you really have to work hard in order to do well. You can't just slide by."