"M.P. Buckley has embraced his role on the Central Catholic High School baseball team as the "go-to guy" for producing runs.
But Buckley, a junior left fielder, has done more than drive in runs for the Vikings this season.
He's provided some laughter for his teammates as well as some leadership.
"M.P.'s a tremendous kid," fourth-year coach Frank LaCava said. "He's a character; the team jokester. He keeps everyone loose in the dugout and in the clubhouse and he's very much liked by his teammates.
"At the same time, he knows when it's time to get down to business and he takes care of business. He's a leader and has done a good job all season.""