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PREP SPOTLIGHT: Robbie O'Neal

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D.H. Conley's Robbie O'Neal throws a pitch during their game against J.H. Rose on April 27, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Robbie O’Neal is a dedicated athlete who continues to improve his game by any means necessary. Whether it’s hitting the cages in his free time or playing American Legion baseball with Pitt County Post 39, O’Neal is always grinding to be the best. High School Preps writer Jake Keator caught up with O’Neal to discuss what it means to work for what you want and to become the best.

Q: Robbie, when did you begin playing baseball?

A: I started playing when I was about three or four years old. I was playing with the five-year-olds in the little league and it just grew from there.

Q: You had a pretty good season last year with D.H. Conley. What has it been like playing high school baseball and working to improve?

A: It’s been fun. I’m just going through the process and trying to improve every day, seeing that hard work pays off. It’s ultimately God’s plan and just letting him do his work.

Q: A lot of players would call their baseball season over after their high school season ends, maybe lifting some weights and light workouts. What inspires you to come during your summer to play legion ball, and what do you think that says about you as a player?

A: I think it shows my inner will to be better and to be great. As you said, the off-season is a grind, and coming out here and trying to get better everyday is just what’s in me.

Q: You made the choice in October to sign with UNC-Greensboro. What made you decide that was the best fit for you?

A: The coaching staff really brought me there and the facilities are great. It just feels like home out there. I’m really excited to get to work.

Q: Where are the coaches at UNC-Greensboro going to play you?

A: I’ll probably play catcher and come in to pitch in relief at times.

Q: What’s the best advice you would give to a kid who wants to play college ball or go pro?

A: “I’d tell them to work hard, trust the process and see things before they get there. Keep your head up and keep grinding for what you want in life.”

Contact Jake Keator at 252-329-9594 or jkeator@reflector.com and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.

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