Nardone a pitcher for Fairfield American and much more
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- At first glance, Fairfield American pitcher Nick Nardone appears to be simply an extraordinary baseball player. After all, he pitched 5 2/3 innings of one-run, six-hit ball to earn another win in Fairfield's opening game of the Little League World Series against Auburn, Wash., on Friday.
But if one takes a closer look, there is much more than meets the eye. The 13-year-old Nardone is well-versed in everything from athletics to school to music. He is in a double-accelerated math class at Fairfield Woods Middle School. Math is his favorite subject.
"He's borderline obsessive-compulsive," his dad, John, said. "Once he decides to do something, he needs to be the best at it."
On top of that, Nardone is an accomplished trombonist for the jazz band at Fairfield Woods.
"Nicky is doing what Nicky does," his mom, Mary, said. "He takes it very seriously, he practices and that's just what he does."
The jazz band, an extracurricular activity, is added to an already hectic schedule for Nardone, who's headed into the eighth grade. He also participates at Wakeman Boys and Girls Club in Southport in their basketball program.
Nardone's competitive nature is apparent on the field, but is more evident in the family's household. He has three brothers, including a twin, to compete against, which helps out Mary and John.
"He has built-in play dates," Mary said.
Also helping Mary and John is the addition of the family trampoline, which Nick convinced his parents into buying a year ago.
"He asked us if we could buy a trampoline, and we asked him, 'Why do you need a trampoline?'" Mary said. "He told us that if he ever doesn't have someone to play with, he can burn
off the energy by himself."
"And then he used it to the ground," John added. "It's broken a year later because it's been used so much."
His parents are especially proud of Nick's wellroundedness, especially since his pitching has been on display for the world.
"We're proud of his schoolwork as much as we are of his pitching," John said.
According to Mary, even though he's been lights-out on the field, it won't get him out of doing his schoolwork.
"He hasn't finished his summer reading yet," she said. "He's only got 10 days left to do it, and I'm not letting him get a pass for it."