There's excitement on the campus at Robert F. Munroe Day School this spring – baseball excitement! The Bobcats have built themselves a 15-4 record at the week's beginning and a 20-win season is in no way out of the question.
Head coach Mike Troblstrup, in his first year at the helm, has the team playing successful baseball.
Troblstrup has coached the Lincoln JV team the past seven seasons.
When the Munroe job came open he took a look at it and liked what he saw. The school liked what they saw in him and it's been a good match.
"I wanted to see if coaching was something I wanted to keep doing," Troblstrup said. "And I wanted my own program. I felt I could help rebuild this program and I've found it to be just a great environment, with great kids and supportive parents and community."
Troblstrup is retired from law enforcement after 11 years with the Leon County Sheriff's Department and 14 with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. He also has a summer baseball team, the Florida Legends.
His wife Lynne, and sons Michael and Thomas, help with the team. Thomas is also on the TCC baseball team that is leading the Panhandle Conference at this time.
Troblstrup's Munroe team has only two seniors. Cody Watson pitches and catches, while Sam Young is a valuable anywhere player. Watson has run up a 4-0 record this season and Young is hitting .369 and holding down any of several positions.
Pitchers Brock Hinson and Clay Kramm join Watson in the rotation. Hinson is 5-2 with a save and Kramm 2-1 with two saves.
Third baseball/outfielder Parth Patel leads the hitters with a .466 average, while Kramm is hitting .451 withfour home runs and 32 runs scored. Hinson is hitting at a .406 clip with 31 RBIs.
Miller Joyner is a defensive spark for Munroe and is hitting .300 and outfielder Aaron Iglesias’ bat is coming around as he's had a pair of four-hit games recently.
Alex Gay, Kendal Weeks, Josh McClendon, Matt Sampson and Jacob Jones have all contributed to wins for Munroe.
Patel, Hinson, McClendon and Joyner are juniors. Iglesias, Kramm and Jones are sophomores, and Gay, Weeks and Sampson are freshman – so the future should hold a lot more wins for the Bobcats.
"The wins have been nice," Troblstrup said. "And we feel we'll do well in the district tournament. Our expectations are high and we hope to advance. There's only the two seniors on this team and they are important seniors. But the nucleus is young, and some more good youngsters are coming up.
“This could be the start of some continuing successful Munroe baseball seasons."