Beating the odds

Niles senior Foy unfazed by ACL

Some athletes may look at an ACL injury as a major setback, something they may never mentally recover from.

Niles senior Corbin Foy grew from it and credits the injury for the growth he made on and off the field.

“I thought the injury taught me a lot,” Foy said. “It taught me how to handle adversity, so I feel like I’m ahead of where most people will be. I have the right mindset going into college and I feel like it helped me in the long run for sure.”

He says that injury prepared him for the rigors of being a collegiate athlete.

“I know how difficult the workouts are and the schedule-balancing with baseball and school,” Foy said. “I feel like the injury helped me with that a little bit.”

The transition from a high school athlete to a college athlete is a challenge for anyone. Despite an injury helping in preparing him, Foy says he’s not certain that he can handle it. Even if he’s not certain, he’s ready to take it on.

“Honestly, I’m not sure if I’m ready,” Foy said. “We’ll have to find that out. But I’m definitely ready to take on the challenge. But I don’t know if I’m ready for the challenge.”

Foy is moving on to Mercyhurst North East to continue his baseball career. Before his time is up, however, he’s suiting up one last time as a Red Dragon in the High School Valley All-Star Classic at 6 p.m. Friday at Eastwood Field.

“I know a lot of people on Mahoning, but I know a lot of people on Trumbull too,” Foy said. “I think it’ll be a pretty good game. I think it’s evenly matched. I don’t think one team is better than the other.”

He may be excited for the game, but Foy is even more excited that this isn’t the final chapter in his baseball career.

“It feels really good,” Foy said. “I told myself I’d do whatever it takes to get to the next level, and I did that, so it’s a relief that this isn’t it for me.”

Out of all the players on the Trumbull County team, the one he’s most thankful he doesn’t have to face is his own teammate.

“Nick Guarnieri,” Foy said. “Because I know how good of a hitter he is. Honestly, I wouldn’t want him on the other team.”

Foy and Guarnieri get to share one last ride together. The bond Foy shares with the program is something that he holds dear.

“I can’t thank all my coaches and my teammates enough for being there with me through everything,” Foy said. “It was an awesome program in both baseball and basketball. The coaches were awesome. They taught me not only to be a better player, but to be a better man. In reality, I thought that everybody contributed to my life.”

It was an injury that best prepared him for college and in some sort of a poetic fashion, Foy ends his time in high school with another setback. That doesn’t mean he’s going to miss the game. When asked if he was ready to suit up, he gave a clear answer.

“Of course I’m ready,” Foy said. “I’m battling a shoulder injury right now, but I’ll definitely be out there.”