Q&A With Ellsworth CC Commit: '16 Zach Robeoltman- WDM Valley

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By Rob Allison
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----zach robeoltman - zachrobeoltman3.jpgName: Zach Robeoltman
Position: 2B
Class: 2016
Height/Weight: 5-foot-10, 150-pounds
High School: WDM Valley
PBR Rank: #71 in IA 2016 Class

Evaluation: 5-foot-10, 150-pound right-handed hitting second baseman. 7.28 runner. Open stance to start. Strides square to pitcher. Some lift in swing plane. Uses whole field. Hard contact middle/away. 74 mph exit velocity. Active feet. Fields low to ground. Funnels baseball in. Solid glove. Avg. arm. Second base actions. Above avg. accuracy to bag with 77 mph arm strength.


PBR: Why did you choose Ellsworth CC?
ROBEOLTMAN: Ellsworth felt like a great fit for me and that they would prepare me for the next level. 

PBR: What other schools were you considering?
ROBEOLTMAN: Cuesta Community College and Central College in Pella.

PBR: Where did the coaching staff first see you? How did your relationship develop with them?

ROBEOLTMAN: They first saw me at showcase as well WDM Valley game. The coaches came to tournaments when I was playing for Iowa Sticks and I was able to meet Coach Ali. Coach Ali kept in contact which helped develop our relationship.

PBR: Do you feel relieved now that the process is over and you can just focus on baseball and not deal with everything that goes into picking a school?

ROBEOLTMAN: Yes and feel I have played more relaxed after the decision was made.

PBR: Was there one deciding factor that put your choice over the top?

ROBEOLTMAN: Comfort level of the school and my confidence that they would prepare me for the next level.

PBR: Who has helped you the most to get to where you are today?

ROBEOLTMAN: Parents for believing & pushing for me. The coaching staff at Iowa Sticks- Mike Mahoney, Jason Pearson, Evan Romanchuk, Russ Fairfield and the coaches at WDM Valley- Ryan Cooley & Garrett Hawkins.

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it easy/difficult?

ROBEOLTMAN: It went as expected.  Process was easy once I decided what type of school I wanted to attend.

PBR: What plans does the coaching staff have in store for you in your freshman season?

ROBEOLTMAN: To find a spot and role to help the team. Also to continue to build my strength and skills.

PBR: What is your most memorable baseball moment to date?

ROBEOLTMAN: Getting the opportunity to play in a tournament in Phoenix, AZ this year where we competed against some of the top players in the country. Walking off the field knowing that I was at the same level as they all were was a feeling of accomplishment.

PBR: Who is the best player that you have competed against?

ROBEOLTMAN: Drew Prange from Ankeny Centennial. You know that if you hit the ball up the middle against him you aren't going to be safe at first.