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Alumni corner: Overboe plays hurt and still excels at Regis

An elbow injury that later required surgery didn’t prevent Legacy graduate Ty Overboe from producing a .340 average this spring with Regis University.

 

Ty Overboe is a tough guy and the ultimate team player.

The former Legacy catcher learned early in his junior season at Regis University that something wasn’t quite right in arm.

The Rangers were in Pueblo for a four-game set against CSU-Pueblo when he first noticed the pain.

“We went to Adams State the next weekend and I tried to throw and I couldn’t even make it to second base, it was so painful,” Overboe said. “I knew something was wrong, so I went in and they basically told me I should just stop throwing.”

The diagnosis?

A torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, which should have sidelined him for the rest of the season. But instead of hanging up the cleats, Overboe found that he could still swing the bat. Not wanting to let his team down, he proudly assumed the role of the team’s designated hitter.

“I knew if I could hit, I really wanted to help my team as much as I could,” said Overboe, who finished the season with a .340 average, four home runs and 34 RBIs. “If that was the only way I could do it, then that is what I had to do.”

It turned out to be one of the best years of his collegiate career. He raked in the post season awards, including: Academic All-RMAC, All-RMAC first team, the Capital One Academic All-District team and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-South Central Region Team.

The season highlight for Overboe, who had the corrective Tommy John surgery on May 13 and will be good to go for his senior year, was a late-March game against Metro State. With the game tied at 2-2 going to the final inning in Game 2 of a doubleheader, Overboe broke out of a lengthy slump with double to deep right-center field that plated the winning run in walk-off fashion.

When he is done playing baseball, the mathematics major would love nothing more than to teach and coach.

Earlier this month Overboe joined his girlfriend of four years, Megan Neal, on a mission trip to Cambodia.

“I loved it, it was life changing,” said Overboe, whose team spent a majority of their time with the Cambodian youth.

Overboe had planned to take some baseball gloves with him overseas before the injury and ended up not taking them.

“I wanted to try and play catch with the kids, and obviously I couldn’t do that,” he said. “We played a lot of soccer.”

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