By Chelsa Messinger
For Columbus High School Senior Martin Wood, expectations have always been high.
"High expectations are just something I've grown to live with," said Wood.
Whether it's on the baseball field..
"Especially having Bobby Howard as a coach. He's a great coach, and he expects the best out of us," said Wood.
Or in the classroom.
"I feel like my teachers expect the best out of us too," said Wood. "So I try and give it my all."
But you don't get to be the best, without expecting the best.
Columbus High School Baseball is looking for their fourth-straight state title this year.
"I feel a tremendous amount of pressure," said Wood. "It's a Columbus High School Legacy. It would a let down.. anything other than a state title."
And as a senior, that pressure is something Wood has learned to harness. He's one of several players looking to step up and replace eight of the nine starters that graduated last season.
"He's got a chance to help us swinging the bat," said Head Coach Bobby Howard on Wood's potential. "So we'll see where he fits in defensively, but we know he will help us out with his bat. That's for sure."
"I think it's a challenge," said Wood. "But the eight seniors that we have are ready to accept that challenge, and I think that we can fill it in."
For Wood, the challenges and high expectations have paid off in other aspects of his life.
"I have a self pride," said Wood. "If Baseball doesn't work out I want to be a doctor, so I have to keep good grades."
And the proof of that is in the statistics. Wood currently holds a 4.3 weighted GPA. And this year - he's hoping for his fourth state baseball title.
"Getting that fourth ring. Filling up my hand," said Wood. "Hard work pays off. Try your best and you will succeed."
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