Roughies Joey Kober knows what he can do
Editor’s note: In last week’s edition of the Catasauqua Press, an incorrect photo was used to go with the feature on Joey Kober. This is a reprinted version of the story with a correct photo. The Press apologizes for the error.
Joey Kober knew it was time for an attitude adjustment.
It was his sophomore season and Kober realized that life was bigger than he thought.
“Things are a lot better than last year,” said Kober, a junior. “I am a lot more determined. I started on JV and then was called up to varsity.
“I thought I was better than anyone else. But I soon figured it all out. That was holding me back, and now I know what I can do and how I can contribute. I have a different outlook and I knew I had to change it once I got to varsity.
“I knew it wasn’t all about me, and it was about the team.”
This year, Kober has been a constant in left field for the Roughies. It was a transition from second base, a position he primarily played in his youth.
“Coach (Steve) Bradley asked me to play left field,” said Kober. “I wanted to do what I could. It didn’t turn out to be a big change and I fell pretty comfortable out there.”
Bradley has recognized Kober’s contributions.
“Joey has done a fantastic job in left field for us,” said Bradley. “His attitude is awesome and he is a team-first player. He is hitting well now and he has been very smooth in left field.”
Since last season, hitting has been a priority for Kober. This season, Kober’s average has been gradually climbing and believes he can piece it all together.
“Since last year, I knew I had to work on my hitting,” Kober said. “I went to a camp and it helped. I have been seeing the ball better lately, and I know I can be a better hitter.”
Kober also has been inspired by his older brother Jake, a football player at Moravian College, and father, Jim, who is an assistant coach on the team.
“Jake always has helped me along the way,” said the younger Kober. “My father has been a big part of my life and my baseball life. He (father) always has inspired me. Having him on the bench helped me focus.”
Staying focused as a team will be a priority for the Roughies. They opened this week with a 11-1 loss to Palmerton that evened their record at 4-4. Kober is confident his team can return to the district playoffs after they just fell short last year.
“We all have been playing together since we were little kids,” Kober said. “We learned from what happened last year. We know we all have to try and be better.”
Kober knows it can happen with a better attitude and approach.