Jan. 30, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
With the start of the 2013 season around the corner, NavySports.com had the opportunity to talk with senior starting pitcher Johnny Schoberl. The senior has started 10 games in each of the last two seasons and posted his lowest career ERA last season.
What are you anticipating most about the upcoming season?
"Getting started. It's exciting what we've done so far in my career here. I'm ready to get back out on the field and compete again as a team. We're ready to get back out and compete for the Patriot League championship again. It's our goal to beat Army and win the Patriot League title."
Does it seem like the start of your senior season?
"It is scary to think that this is my last season. It feels like just yesterday that I signed my commitment to come here and now it's the last year I'll be competing at the collegiate level. I've got one more season and one more opportunity, so I'm pretty excited for it."
Being injury free, did you get to do anything differently this offseason?
"I had the opportunity to get back to lifting weights with the rest of the team. We revamped our entire offseason workout program, which was extremely beneficial. We integrated CrossFit training into our program, which we all liked and made for some very competitive workouts. My main goal was to get into good cardio shape."
What is your biggest motivator heading into this season?
"As a class we want to leave a good legacy. We want to win the N-Star and the Patriot League title."
Do you have a game day routine you follow when you are scheduled to pitch?
"I always shave, I like to have a clean face when I pitch. I like to keep to myself, relax and think about my goals for the day. Once I get to the field, I like to watch the other team's batting practice and then do some mental reps. When it's time to get on the mound, I just go and let it happen."
How do you see your role in helping to develop the younger pitchers on the staff?
"I always like to talk off the field about watching the game in general. I think watching and listening can really help you. I like to talk to them about the game and about different situations. The mental aspect of the game is critical because it accelerates quite a bit from high school to college, so having that opportunity watch and learn can really help you."
What is the best advice you received as a freshman?
"The best lesson I learned was to listen and work hard. Sometimes as a freshman you want to talk, but you're not really sure what to do. But if you just listen and take things in, you can learn a lot. Work hard, too. When I was a freshman, I just wanted to work hard and get better every time I stepped on the field. You never know when you're going to be called, so you want to be ready."
Talk about your service selection and your career after graduating this spring.
"I've been selected to be a Marine ground officer. After graduation I'll be going to Quantico, Va., in either July or October. I have the opportunity to play for the Military All-Star team again this summer, but that has to be approved by the Marine Corps."
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
"If I'm still in the military and enjoying it, then I'll definitely remain doing that. I'd like to have family and also stay involved in baseball. I can't imagine baseball being out of my life. Eventually having the opportunity to be involved at the collegiate level would be pretty awesome."