After tearing the cover off the ball early in the spring, Roach ran into trouble.
“I started off the year really hot,” Roach said. “I was hitting in the .500s and even .600s and then once I hit conference play, I had this hamstring issue, was out for a few games and didn’t play a lot of conference games, but then I came back and struggled a little bit against Kaneland.”
Roach went on to earn first-team all-area honors from the Daily Chronicle after hitting .377 and only committing one error on the season.
Being able to play this summer was an excellent chance to get back into the groove of things after the hamstring problem.
This summer, he’s focused on his game and touched base with prospective college programs.
“So far I’m thinking of myself as an NCAA player. I’ve talked to college coaches, talked to North Central [College]. … I’ve talked to Eastern Illinois and I’ve gone to a number of showcases with a bunch of [Division I], D-II, D-III schools,” Roach said. “But if I don’t get any offers to any of those, I’ll be happy to go to community college and then enter the transfer portal after a couple of years.”