Sports Spotlight - Windermere Observer: Simon Sobellia

Since coming to Central Florida from Venezuela eight months ago, pitcher Simon Sobellia has been turning heads at Dr. Phillips Little League.

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Simon Sobellia sure knows how to make a good first impression. Pitching for the Dr. Phillips Little League Junior Cubs Oct. 15 with trusted friend Chris Serrano catching, Simon came just one out away from completing a perfect game. The feat impressed his coach, former professional baseball player James Parr.

“The thing I like most about (Simon) is he doesn’t take baseball for granted,” Parr said. “What he does well is throw strikes and get ahead of hitters.”

Editor’s note: Simon is actively learning English and a translator was required for certain questions and answers.


What was it like to come so close to pitching a perfect game?

It was frustrating that I was so close to getting a perfect game. I was very excited.


Have you ever thrown a complete game, no-hitter or perfect game before?

Yes, I have thrown one no-hitter and one complete game in Venezuela one year ago.


How much has playing at Dr. Phillips Little League helped you get used to living in America?

It has helped very much. This is the only space where I speak English. In my school, I only speak Spanish, because I have friends who speak Spanish.


What is your favorite thing about baseball?

When I pitch and I have a good catcher like Chris Serrano.


Which pitch is your best?



What has your coach, James Parr, taught you?

How to not worry about it, that it’s only one game. He helps me throw strikes. 


Who do you think is going to win the World Series?

I think the Chicago Cubs (will win).


What is your favorite subject to learn about in school?

Math. It is easy for me.

Which professional pitcher do you like to watch and learn from?

Jon Lester.


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