Trevor Sprowl living a dream of playing for his dad at JUCO

Trevor Sprowl living a dream of playing for his dad at JUCO

Bobby Sprowl, left, always wants his Shelton State (Ala.) Community College team to qualify for the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series, but this year wanted to come to Grand Junction even more. That’s because one of the players on his team is also his son, Trevor, right. Trevor understands that not every son gets a chance to play in a national tournament with their father as the coach.



Trevor Sprowl had dreamed about this unique opportunity for a long time.

The Shelton State (Ala.) Community College freshman is playing for his dad, Bobby Sprowl, in the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series.

Trevor, 19, came out with his father and the Buccaneers team in 2008 when he was in high school.

“The only thing I remember from the banquet was one of the coaches being inducted into the Hall of Fame, and his son got to come out and play with him,” Trevor said. “He said that was his best year. I’ve dreamed about that ever since then.

“Being out here is a real pleasure. Not a lot of kids get to go to the JUCO World Series and play under their dad. It’s an honor.”

Bobby’s wife and daughter made the trip to Grand Junction for the World Series this time.

Trevor, though, said he is more relaxed playing in the World Series this year than he was watching it three years ago.

“I was a lot more nervous not being a part of the team,” Trevor said. “It felt right being out there, playing your hardest. I thought I’d be really nervous out there, but I really wasn’t.”

Although it’s Bobby’s goal for the Buccaneers to qualify for the World Series every year, he admits this year may mean a little more to him.

“I know he’s like all our players and wanted to be out here,” Bobby said. “As a coach, you want to work a little harder, because you don’t want to let him down. That’s not saying you don’t work hard all the time, but mentally you want it a little more.”

The two have grown close, but like many children, Trevor said he didn’t always see eye to eye with his dad.

“I was hard-headed,” Trevor said. “I never really listened to him. I started working his baseball camps, and it started to sink in how much he knew. I was probably 15 years old when it first started sinking in.”

Now, he realizes his dad is wise beyond Trevor’s years.

“When he gets on me, he doesn’t mean it any other way,” Trevor said. “He’s just trying to help me and calm me down.”

Bobby has more than a college baseball background. He pitched for the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros from 1978 to 1981.

Bobby took Trevor to Fenway Park earlier this spring for the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park.

“He took that in,” Bobby said. “Big Papi (David Ortiz) was standing there, and he (Trevor) wanted me to take a picture. I’m old; I’m a caveman. I botched it up.”

Bobby led Shelton State to the JUCO World Series for the fourth time in six years, but this trip is the Buccaneers’ first in three years.

Trevor has played a large role in Shelton State’s return this year. He hits in the middle of the lineup, plays second base and pitches.

“I’ve always loved pitching, but I never saw having a career in pitching,” Trevor said. “I don’t have the arm he has. I try to make up for it with my hitting and infield (play).”

Bobby believes his son has a future in baseball, but Trevor has some things that need to improve if he wants to make the big leagues one day.

“Trevor has a lot of tools,” Bobby said. “He’s hard on himself like a lot of kids. He’s got a lot of talent. He has quick hands at the plate and in the infield. He’s a good competitor and stays under control. On the flip side, he gives a lot of at-bats away, not being patient, but he’ll grow into that part of it.

“He can take an at-bat, and it will affect him most of the game. He’s really growing up and starting to mature as a player. He’ll have a chance, because he can swing the bat.”


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