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Sports Spotlight: Riley Fromberg | Observer Preps

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The West Orange sophomore is currently blazing through opposing hitters for the Warriors' softball team.
by: Troy Herring Associate Editor

After honing her chops at the JV level last year, Riley Fromberg is becoming a force on the mound for the Warriors. In 18 appearances Fromberg has gone 9-2 while picking up two complete games and three saves. Through 68.2 innings pitched, she holds a solid 1.83 ERA while striking out 44. This sophomore sensation sees no signs of slumping as she helps lead the Warriors into the postseason.

 

What is your favorite part about playing softball?

Many play softball, because they feel like they have to play, but I just generally love the sport. I love coming out here and getting to compete with my friends and teammates, and learning new things every day from my coaches.

 

How did you first get into softball?

I played T-ball with the boys, so my brothers kind of played baseball, and my dad played on a men’s fast-pitch softball team. I was a kid and wanted to try everything, and softball ended up being my favorite.

 

So far, what has been the biggest highlight of the your playing time at West Orange?

Coming in and being able to play varsity softball with Landry (Newgent), and being able to help her with pitching and for her being able to help me with pitching — we kind of complement each other a lot. I feel like when we are out on the field, and we go in for each other, that’s always a highlight.

 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received from a coach?

Ask questions — that’s a big one, whether it be about softball or not. And always work from ahead in the batter’s count — slow down. Coach Todd (LaNeave) always tells me, “Tempo.”

 

What’s your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

I’m a part of Best Buddies, and I love spending time with my Best Buddies. We some times go get ice cream or go to the mall —  I love including them in everything that I can. They’re all great people.

 

If you could only watch one movie or show for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I think I’m going to have to go with “Heroes” — I love that show. 

 

If you could meet one celebrity, who would it be and why?

I would love to meet Michael Jackson or Meghan Trainor. I like the way Meghan Trainor looks on people — how she involves everyone and (talks about) self love. Michael Jackson — it would just be cool to say you met him.

 

What are your plans after high school?

I would love to go to the University of Tampa and play, or Flagler — I want to stay in Florida. I want to go into behavioral therapy with kids with special needs.

 

How do you mentally prepare for a game?

I usually don’t talk. During games I’m doing my own thing. I go through and visualize a lot of my pitches and a lot of situational plays that happen on the field. I focus in in the dugout and cheer on my girls, and then visualize what I’m going to do the next inning.

 

What is one goal that you hope to accomplish by the end of this year?

By the end of this school year, I would hope to be committed to the next level for softball and play at my dream school.

Troy Herring is the associate editor at the Winter Park/Maitland Observer. He is a graduate of the University of Mount Olive (BS '12) and the University of Alabama (MA '16)....

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