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SWBL Roundup: Roblin is Rockets’ ‘Swiss Army knife’

Roblin brings valuable experience and versatility
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Tyson Roblin ( front left) with his 2018 Reston Rockets teammates L-R Back: Billy Patmore, Aaron Bertholet, Cody Bertholet, Braeden Gray, Braeden Cory, Dallas Williamson and Mike Williamson. Front L-R: Tyson Roblin, John Patmore, Tyson Anderson, Nolan Jago, Jack Kirkup and Jamie Williamson. Missing: Sheldon Moore, Branden Ripley, Tanner Jago, Derrus Gray, and Reed Loucks.

The South West Baseball League squad deploys the Pierson product, who now resides in Reston, at various positions. As of Monday, he was second on the senior squad in batting average (.438), behind only Nolan Jago (.533). 

“Tyson is a Swiss Army knife,” Rockets player/organizer John Patmore said. “He plays all over the diamond, wherever we need him. He provides flexibility and a strong middle of the order bat. He does a great job of helping the younger players keep their cool.” 

Roblin embraces his utility role with the team. “I’ve always been a guy who likes to be able to do everything, so when it comes to playing multiple positions in baseball, it’s kinda in my blood,” he said. “I just like being able to fill whatever role is needed by the team.”

Roblin brings experience to the team. His senior career included time with the Lyleton Leafs and Melita Beavers. Since 2013, he has played in Reston – for the Jays or the Rockets. “It’s a great core group of guys year in and year out,” Roblin said. “Guys that make road trips fly by and hanging out in the dugout during and after games a lot of fun. And great guys draw in more great guys, every year we seem to get a couple new guys that mesh just as well with the group as everyone else.”

 Last week Roblin helped the Rockets get their first win of the season. The squad got by Rivers, 1-0, on the road on June 8. Patmore drove in the game’s only run and pitched the shutout. He surrendered three hits over seven innings and struck out 12. On June 10, the Rockets lost 7-3 in Oak River. The squads were tied at 1-1 and 3-3 after the first two innings, respectively. Derrus Gray drove in two runs for Reston. Reston (1-4) was slated to host Deloraine on Tuesday, after the Empire-Advance deadline, and play in Hamiota on Friday.

Virden Oilers
The Oilers improved their record to 3-1 with a pair of victories last week. On the road on June 7, the Virden squad shut out Oak River, 3-0. Oilers hurler Jeff Peel allowed four hits over seven innings and struck out three to earn the win. The Oilers pushed two runs across in the fifth inning and added one in the seventh.
On June 10 at home, the Oilers had a strong start to hold a 4-0 lead over Hamiota after the third inning. The squad held on for 4-2 victory. The Oilers collected 11 hits. Curtis Plett struck out eight while allowing six hits over seven innings. Virden hosted Wawanesa on Tuesday, after the Empire-Advance deadline. On Friday, the Boissevain Centennials come to town.

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