by Zach Kaplan
Penn State University
June 21, 2018
SOUTH YARMOUTH– As he steps into the batter’s box for pregame batting practice, Will Robertson (Creighton) is fairly recognizable with his white arm sleeve.
He stands in the box continuing to drill pitches around Red Wilson Field at Y-D, yet Robertson is focused on trying to keep up the effort that has led to the hot start for the Cotuit outfielder.
Robertson has 13 hits so far this season, good for second in the league. Coupling that with a .361 batting average and .556 slugging percentage, the Creighton product is in the top ten for hitters in each category.
Even against better pitching than Robertson is accustomed to in the Big East, he has continued to put up numbers.
“Up at school, this is the best pitching anyone would see. So knowing that you’re going to see a really good pitcher and just focusing on having a good at-bat is the main thing right now.”
At Creighton, Robertson hit a .333/.412/.641 slash line, with 12 home runs and 59 RBI’s as he started 50 games for the Blue Jays this past season, leading them in nearly every major statistical hitting category this past season.
Robertson was named a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American in 2017, starting all 49 games for the Blue Jays. In addition, he was a three-time All-State First Team selection in high school for Fatima High School in his hometown of Loose Creek, Missouri.
While earning four varsity letters in both basketball and baseball, Robertson helped lead the baseball team to the Class 3 State title in 2015. Even as a multi-sport athlete in high school, Robertson has continued to work on being a great hitter, which has worked so far for Cotuit.
“I think just being ready to hit and not just taking pitches. Everyone is up here throwing their hardest stuff, so just getting my foot down and getting the timing down is the biggest thing.”
Manager Mike Roberts has seen Robertson’s approach thus far, and hopes he continues the progress he’s made throughout his tenure in Cotuit.
“I think he’s a leader. He attacks the game and I really like that,” said manager Mike Roberts after Thursday’s game. “He’s hitting leadoff because I think he makes the hardest contact the most often. He’s also versatile in that he can play first base and all three outfield positions.”
Will and the rest of the Kettleers look to get back on track Friday when they travel to Stony Brook Field to take on the Brewster Whitecaps. First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m.