Griffons from the Missouri Western's baseball team had a rough start to the season with a current record of 1-2, but senior Roy Robles made this first game of the season a historical one for the 2020 season.
With their first game Jan. 31 against Oklahoma Baptist University, Robles struck out a number of 17 batters. Robles had no plans on striking out 17 players and was utterly shocked by his own results.
“I wasn’t intending to go out there and throw 17 strikeouts," Robles said. "I was just going out there to pretty much put my team in the best position they can to get a win, and I just did my part, which was go out there and throw the ball and hit my spots and do what I’ve been practicing and preparing since the fall to our opening game."
With the Griffons' going 21-24 last year, this season, Robles hopes that this year will be a change due to the first win of the 2020 season and the record breaking number of strikeouts will act as a wake-up call.
“We have a bunch of new guys, so it’s kind of hard to tell," Robles said. "I would like to say that we will be on track to hopefully have a better record than last season, but honestly, we have to keep going and see what happens from there."
With Robles transition from Treasure Valley Community College to Missouri Western, Robles has had complications adapting to the level of competitiveness with the sport. After his time with the team, he has been able to adapt and now feels comfortable with the team and the difference of the competitive level.
Compared to last season, Robles has learned a lot coming out of the game and the come-out of last season's record. Learning from the experience he’s had with the team last season, he now feels mentally and physically prepared, including his team as well.
“I feel comfortable, because now I believe that our team works hard everyday and we feed off each other to make it a learning, but keep it competitive as a team," Robles said. "We are battling for spot and opportunities to step on the field and compete."
After the fact, Robles main focus is to go out and compete and have fun while doing so and enjoy everyone he’s around and the position and opportunity he’s able to compete in.