Giberti Making Big Strides In His Game At Saint Ignatius

Bruce Hefflinger
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Giberti Making Big Strides In His Game At Saint Ignatius

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Matthew Giberti OF / C / Saint Ignatius, OH / 2021

ROCKY RIVER - Playing in the Saint Ignatius program has been a blessing for Matthew Giberti.

“Last season was special, with a lot of great experiences,” Giberti said in reference to the Division I state championship. “It made me realize where the game can take me. To see AJ (Gaich, now at Yale), see Michael (Holdsworth, now at Nebraska), see Austin (Jones) and how they managed the speed of the game has helped me understand what it takes to get to the next level and what I need to improve upon.

“Coach (Brad) Ganor’s leadership also gave me good insight in helping me improve as a player and person.”

With the chance to repeat in 2020 no longer a possibility with the cancellation of the high school season, the fifth-rated uncommitted junior in Ohio is now focusing on finding the right college fit.

“I’ve had a good amount of phone calls with schools during the quarantine,” Giberti related. “While they’re not going to see me without a spring season, I’m working to stay in shape to help improve my baseball game on the field.”

Camps in the fall and early winter found the 30th-ranked 2021 in the state talking with Ivy League and Power 5 schools.

“Good academics are important,” noted Giberti, who scored 34 on the ACT and 1530 on the SAT.

There is more than ability in the classroom that stands out about Giberti, who carries a 4.36 GPA and is looking at business and computer science as potential college majors.

“A lot of them like my athleticism and my speed as well,” explained the 5-11 165-pounder, who ran a 6.53 time in the 60 at the PBR Preseason All-State Upperclass Showcase in February. “I’ve really managed to get faster while putting on weight. They also like me being a left-handed hitter. I can bunt, move guys over and steal bases.

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