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The Seattle Prep Panthers baseball team is one of the best teams in the Metro League this year, led not only by their outstanding pitching, but also their star hitter in Nick Pribble. Last year Pribble helped the Panthers win last year's league title when he hit a walk-off homerun in the Metro Championship against O’Dea. I had a chance to talk with the senior about his team’s success this year and his future.
SeaTown Sports: Seattle Prep is considered by many to be the best team in Metros. What has been the key to your team's success?
Nick Pribble: There are a few things that have helped us have the success we’ve had this year. First off everybody on the team wants to win. Prep baseball and Coach Paulter have had a legacy of winning and our team does not want to have anything different. Our coaches and players have very high expectations for the team and everyone is willing to contribute to accomplish our goals. Next it is very helpful that we are returning almost everyone from last year. We lost a few key players but we have really filled up those holes in our lineup. We have young kids stepping up like Stuart Fairchild and Will Hall and the juniors and seniors of the team are doing everything they were expected to do and more. The third key thing I think would have to be our pitching staff. The staff is deep this year. We always have great starts from Max, Jack and Nate and when they’re finished it’s no problem handing the ball to who I think are the two best relievers in the league, Brady Price and Gavin Lewis. We have a lot of confidence this year in everyone and I think that will help us to keep winning.
SeaTown: What will you guys have to do capture a 2nd straight Metro title, and even a berth to State?
Pribble: We need to keep working and keep getting better in every area of the game. I think that this is very possible for us to do. We see every day as a new opportunity to get better. Whether we’re out at Steve Cox or running stairs on a rainy day, we’re getting better. We have to play more consistent as well. We have shown that we can blow out some very good teams, and we need to keep on doing this to show everyone that it is our Metro Title for the taking. As long as we keep doing this, I think we have a very good chance of playing in the final 4 later this year.
SeaTown: Do the young players look up to you and do you see yourself as the leader? Or are there multiple leaders on this team?
Pribble: I see myself and all the other seniors on the team as leaders. We all have different traits that make us a great team. I am not really a “ra ra” kind of guy. But we do have guys on the team that will get everyone pumped up or make sure people know when they need to fix something. I try to be more of a lead by example kind of player. I bring my best to the field everyday and try and show the younger kids on the team that if you work as hard as the upperclassmen have, then you will have success like we’ve had. Overall we have a very close knit team. We’re a family and when someone needs to step up and be a leader it will be done, no matter who they are.
SeaTown: Describe for me your play on the field: What are your strengths? What areas do you need to work on?
Pribble: I try and do whatever it takes to win. Baseball is a game of failures and even if it is not my day at the plate I still know that I can contribute. I will always play strong defense and I try not to take my at bats out to the field with me. Once it’s over, it’s over. I have to do the next thing to help my team win. The areas in which I need to improve areas that every baseball player needs to work on. I have to get bigger, faster, and stronger before I go to college next year.
SeaTown: Any colleges interested or have offered you for baseball? If so, which ones?
Pribble: I have a preferred walk on spot at WSU which I plan on taking at this point.