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Academic All-Star: Mark Driver

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KENNEWICK, WA - Every baseball team is a family, and Kennewick's Mark Driver understands that dynamic. He's one of nine children, and knows that relationships come first at home, and on the diamond.


"It always gives me lots of support," says Driver. "With eight other siblings looking after you and looking up to you, there's always lots of support. You have to  leave time for family. It certainly helps motivate me, keeps me on track. And seeing my brothers out here motivates me to do good, certainly."


And his coaches see that influence as a positive one for the team


"He's one of the people to look up to," says head coach AJ Marquardt. "You just can't give his folks enough credit. He's a self-driven guy, knows what he wants and works hard for it. The kids gravitate towards his lead. Both to guys around him and younger guys, he's very thoughtful."


Driver sees plenty of crossover between baseball and the classroom as well.


"They're definitely similar; it's a grind everyday, some days you don't wanna be there, but you have to get through it day in and day out," Driver says.


Driver is headed to Gonzaga next year and will try to walk on to their baseball team, and every team could use another brother.