Daubert itching to get back
Two years ago as a sophomore, Bo Daubert finally gained a sense of mastery in the Northampton baseball program.
"I was on the JV team and I really felt comfortable with everything," said Daubert. "I knew I hadn't mastered anything because I am always working to improve. But I really felt good about where my game was."
Last season as a junior, Daubert gradually became a fixture in the lineup and began to emerge as the team's center fielder and an effective hitter at the top of the lineup. It was a sign of anticipated breakout season ahead as a senior.
However, those plans took a sudden detour as Daubert suffered a dislocated knee cap and likely will be sidelined the majority of the month.
Still, Daubert is keeping everything in its proper perspective.
"This just happened," said Daubert. "Now I have to work to get it back to strength. I'm not exactly sure, but I hope to be back in the next few weeks. It is very frustrating. But there is a lesson here to not take anything for granted."
Head coach Mick Sugra wasn't expecting any more potential roadblocks especially after dealing with the series of earlier weather woes.
"It's difficult to lose a player like Bo," said Sugra. "We were looking forward to finally moving forward and then we are faced with this situation. But we have a close-knit team and we will rally to overcome his loss."
Daubert received a first-hand account of his team's cohesiveness.
"I expect us to do well," he said. "We are all very supportive of each other. When this happened, I had all 15 of my teammates come over to my house, and they all brought something. We do have a lot of positives with this club."
For Daubert, baseball and wrestling dominated his youth, as he began both sports at the age of six.
The younger Daubert - whose father Terry was a fixture in the Northampton wrestling program as an assistant and head coach for many years - decided to discontinue wrestling after middle school and concentrate his efforts on baseball.
He is grateful to his parents, Terry and Elaina, for their constant support as well as Tom Durich, who also helped begin his baseball career.
"My parents have always been there for me," said Daubert. "I am also very grateful to Mr. Durich because he really helped me begin my baseball career as well. He (Durich) really helped lay the foundation for my baseball career."
After baseball, Daubert plans to enroll at the University of Sciences in Philadelphia next fall, where he will begin his career as a potential pharmacist. He acknowledged the guidance of Val Grube, a family friend, who helped influenced his future career.
Yet, Daubert is anxious to get back into the box.
"We should have a good year," he said about his team. "I'll see what the doctor says this week about when I can come back. We all believe we can get back to district and beyond, and I just want to be able to contribute what I can."