Although Power Baseball just began last fall, its 2019 Power Baseball Blue team recently became the first in the organization’s history to win a tournament — the 2017 PGBA 16U Tucci Lumber Wood Bat Challenge in Ft. Myers. Rising high-school junior Joe Cobb was instrumental in the win, having pitched five innings and giving up just two hits and zero earned runs in a 9-1 victory over the FTB Game Changers.
How did it feel to be part of the team and make organization history?
It’s pretty cool, I’ve never done it before. It’s (my) first one out of any organization, so it’s a different feeling.
What made you want to be part of Power Baseball?
Well my high-school coach for West Orange, Coach Marlo, he was running the organization and he just offered it to a ton of guys on the team, asking if they wanted to play for summer.
What aspects of each do you like?
The summer, I enjoy it because you get to win a lot more championships, and there’s a lot more on the line. But I like school play because it’s fun, you know the guys a lot more, and it becomes more of a routine throughout the whole school year.
How do you feel about the chance to be on Windermere High’s inaugural baseball roster?
It’s going to be sad (to leave West Orange), but at the same time I’m going to be the top class of the school, and I’ll be one of the captains on the team, so that’ll be pretty cool.
Who’s your favorite MLB team and player?
The Mets, and I’d have to go with Noah Syndergaard. He’s a pitcher and he knows how to take over the game. He’s the hardest thrower in the league.
Who’s one of your biggest inspirations or role models?
My dad. He played baseball, made it with the Mets Minor League for a bit. Ever since he started getting into it, I learned more about it and it just caught my eye. I’ve been playing since I was 5.