ROSEVILLE — Of all the variables that have to fall into place in order for a team to have a successful season, Roseville High baseball coach Keith Marzec said he believes it’s above the shoulders where his team will need to grow the most this year.
“We have to stay focused, not having moments when we don’t play up to our abilities,” said Marzec, in his 12th year as Panthers head coach. “We can’t lose games because of mental mistakes.”
Marzec is optimistic about the season, which sees Roseville making a move back into the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division after two years in the MAC Gold. The Panthers won the Silver in 2010 — Roseville’s last year in the league.
Marzec said he sees pitching as the strength of his team, saying he believes Panthers senior Darnell Wilson is one of the best hurlers in Macomb County. Along with Wilson, who is a four-year varsity player, Marzec said he’s looking to senior first baseman Tyler Vanderlucht, senior infielder Paul Martin and sophomore shortstop Ryan DiCiacca to provide leadership.
“I also really like how athletic we are and the different things we’ll be able to do offensively,” Marzec said.
Roseville hopes to improve on last season’s 6-15 record, which included a 1-9 mark in the MAC Gold. The Panthers fell one game short of winning a 2012 Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1 district title, falling 4-1 to Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse in a district final.
Marzec said he expects the MAC Silver to be very competitive. He said the division has a number of well-coached teams, adding that Roseville has been involved in a number of tight games with squads from the Silver.
“Like every year, I expect us to compete and win the division,” Marzec said. “That should be every team’s goal each year.
“And then our goal as a group is to keep getting better each day, working toward playing our best baseball heading into the state tournament, where we want to make a run this year.”
Roseville, which had yet to play a game at press time, next hits the field for a game against Warren Woods Tower, set for 4 p.m. March 27 at Tower.