Local athlete named to All-CCAA Second Team
by Erick Torres
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During the 2014 campaign at CSU Stanislaus, Robles accumulated 29 hits, 5 doubles, a triple, two home runs, 13 RBIs (runs batted in), and posted a .442 slugging percentage, finishing the season with a .305 batting average. ----Courtesy Photo/Melissa Robles
During the 2014 campaign at CSU Stanislaus, Robles accumulated 29 hits, 5 doubles, a triple, two home runs, 13 RBIs (runs batted in), and posted a .442 slugging percentage, finishing the season with a .305 batting average. ----Courtesy Photo/Melissa Robles
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Melissa Robles, a Patterson native and junior at California State University Stanislaus, was selected to participate in the All California College Athletic Association Second Team as a utility player for her excellence in the 2014 softball season.

During the 2014 campaign at CSU Stanislaus, Robles accumulated 29 hits, 5 doubles, a triple, two home runs, 13 RBIs (runs batted in), and posted a .442 slugging percentage, finishing the season with a .305 batting average. This impressive lineup earned Robles a spot on the All-CCAA Second Team, primarily playing as a right fielder for CSU Stanislaus.

Robles, 20, daughter of Danny and Rosie Robles of Patterson, is currently pursuing a major in nursing at CSU Stanislaus. She hopes to become a registered nurse with an emphasis in either women’s health or pediatrics after college.

Robles has been playing softball in the Patterson community since she was 8 years old. She credits most of her current success to playing local ball at Patterson High School, and couldn’t stress enough how critical the experience helped her transition to the college level.

“I had really good coaches,” Robles said. “They helped me get through not only softball but through school, too.”

Local softball coach Dave Klein helped Robles gain a tremendous amount of experience by allowing her to play the entire field. As a result, the familiarity permitted her to showcase flexibility and versatility around the diamond at the college level.

Robles transferred mid-year from Central Arizona College, where she was previously playing softball on a scholarship under the tutelage of head coach Sandra Wente.

Initially, Robles had a tough time accumulating to her new setting and teammates. After the transfer she was not given much playing time, but Robles stayed undeterred and mentally made adjustments to stay strong. She put in extra work before and after practice and kept a positive attitude.

“Ninety percent of the game is mental,” said Robles. “What helped me a lot was saying things I was going to do, rather than saying things I am not going to do.”

Her positivity caught the attention of her coaching staff, eventually earning her more playing time. After securing a spot on the field, Robles showed off her chops in the batter’s box by hitting 10-26 with 7 RBIs in her final at bats of the season.

Adversity is something that Robles has had to overcome during her collegial career. During her time at Central Arizona College, physicians detected a slight tear in her shoulder labrum during her freshmen year.

Robles recovered from the injury, only to find out in February of this year that she injured her shoulder again while hitting.

The doctors told her that her bicep tendon was moving in and out of the groove in the shoulder. She has recently undergone surgery and hopes to return to the field by October, just in time for the regular season.

Robles said her shoulder should fully recover after receiving treatment for her bicep tendon.

In spite of her adversity on and off the field, Robles believes that every young hopeful should continue to strive forward, which is the only measure that garners true success.

“Just don’t give up,” she said. “Believe that you can do it, and put in the work. Always have positive thoughts regardless of what anyone says.”

Robles is now enjoying the success of her long and tough journey.

And although hard work and practice make for an honorary position, Robles said the same level of dedication must be put forth in all endeavors, including academic success.

“School always comes first,” said Robles. “If school doesn’t come first then you won’t be eligible to play. No matter how much you want to practice or get your extra work in, make sure school always comes first.”

Erick Torres is the temporary sports writer for the Patterson Irrigator. He can be reached at spanishfly32@gmail.com.
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