by Maren Schober
Kevin Froling, a sophomore at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NY, is “striking them out” in baseball. A 2008 graduate of Stonington High School, Kevin is continuing his success as a baseball player in college and making both his school and family proud.
“I am going into my Junior year at RPI,” Kevin tells me. “I chose to play baseball in college because it is a sport I enjoyed ever since I started playing it. I also chose RPI because they have a very successful baseball program including one of the highest winning percentages in the country under head coach Karl Stephen,” Kevin states.
“RPI is one of the best engineering schools in the country. I excell in math and science so engineering is a good career path for me. As a freshman, I was the smallest kid on the team and did not receive many opportunities to play. I worked hard in the off season and got stronger and faster while putting on 15-20 lbs. I still received minimal playing time but with a large graduating class this year, I am looking to step in as one of the regular outfielders for the next year’s team.
This year, coach Stephen classified me as a strong defensive outfielder with great bat control but lacks the power for long extra base hits. Also, this year, we were ranked as high as ‘seventh’ in the country for D3 baseball but did not play up to our potential at the end of the year, which was disappointing. Next year, we will have a young team with only three seniors. We should still have a pretty good team but it may turn into a rebuilding year with the number of seniors that we are losing.”
In high school Kevin participated in soccer, basketball, indoor track and baseball which he played for all four years including two as a starter. “I was a pitcher and an outfielder,” Kevin explains. “I had a high school career batting average of about .330 and I was a captain my senior year.”
All through high school Kevin was an honor roll student, participated in stage crew, link crew, National Honor Society and received eight varsity letters.
Last summer, Kevin worked as a camp councilor at Stonington High School. “This summer I will be working as an intern at Electric Boat in Groton. It will also be my second year playing in the CT College Baseball League (CCBL) for the Manchester Mavericks, where I am a starting outfielder and a relief pitcher. It is a wood bat summer league for college players in CT.”