Santa Maria Sun / Athlete of the Week
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 10
Athlete of the WeekTroy Prober
BY KRISTINA SEWELL
Senior baseball player Troy Prober is still riding high from Righetti High School’s 13-10 defeat over rival and across-the-street neighbor St. Joseph High School earlier this month.
Prober, described by Righetti baseball coach Brian Tomooka as a “solid player,” was key to turning the game around.
“We were down by nine runs when I came in,” Prober said. “I shut them down for three innings; it felt really good.”
According to Tomooka, Prober threw a stellar complete game two days before only to come back and silence the Knights’ bats.
“He’s gone 7-0 for us in league,” Tomooka said. “He’s been clutch every time he hit the field and always gave us a chance to win.”
Prober, who’s been playing baseball since he was 4, said he’s primarily a pitcher but also plays first and second base. Although his teammates suspect he throws in the mid-80s, Prober said he focuses more on movement than speed.
“I’ve developed a slider; my curve is my go-to pitch,” he said.
Prober, who also served as quarterback for the football team, decided after a not-so-good season to go “all out” in baseball. The senior’s determination on the mound and his .350 batting average helped lead the Warriors to a 14-4 record in Pac 7 play.
Prober said one of the most important things he’s learned this season is not getting on himself when he goes for zero hits at the plate. Despite the pressure of being a pitcher, Prober still loves being on the mound.
“I just relax, focus on the situation, and do the best I can,” he said.
With his senior year quickly coming to a close, Prober will miss his teammates and the camaraderie. As for what’s next, the hurler will start out playing football and baseball at Allan Hancock College. He’d eventually like to pursue a business degree at UCLA.
“He’s been on varsity three years,” Tomooka said. “He developed into a good pitcher and is an all-around good athlete.”