After signing his letter of intent in front of around 20 relatives and friends Wednesday morning, Alex Robles had a strange question about the cake he was asked to cut.
“How do I cut it?” he said.
Playing baseball, however, is a different story.
The Tucson High senior standout signed to play shortstop at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., on a 70-percent scholarship.
Robles, who also signed with Pima College as a back-up plan, visited the school in late January and knew that’s where he wanted to play. He also had interest from Oregon and New Mexico but Austin Peay’s offer was the best.
“I got to hang out with the players and coaches and everyone was really cool and really nice,” Robles said. “It was just an easy decision to go with them.
“The best thing about it is they win.”
The Governors have won back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference titles and been to the NCAA tournament in each of the last two years. Robles is hoping to help get them to the College World Series.
Tucson baseball coach Oscar Romero thinks Austin Peay getting a steal in Robles, who is batting .433 through 97 at bats. He also pitches and most recently led the Badgers to a win over Canyon del Oro on April 11.
“I’ve always loved shortstop more just because I can hit and I feel like I help my team out more at shortstop than just pitching,” Robles said.
Romero, the Badgers 29th year coach, called Robles a special player and also said the UA baseball team may have missed out on keeping a hometown player around.
“He’s a kid that comes to play every single day,” Romero said. “I’ve never had a kid fight like that. Everyday is a game day for him and he doesn’t take any days off. Austin Peay is getting a great athlete.”
Robles is hoping his signing is only the first of many good things to come over the next few weeks, with the state tournament beginning on April 27.
“We’ve got a deep staff and our defense is good,” Robles said. “All we need is our bats to heat up and we can do some damage in the tournament.”