Roseville High senior pitcher Zane Alexander winds up during an early-season practice. The Panthers have a chance to win a fifth straight division championship.

Roseville High senior pitcher Zane Alexander winds up during an early-season practice. The Panthers have a chance to win a fifth straight division championship.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Roseville High baseball coach ready for another run

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published April 10, 2018

 Four-year Roseville High baseball player Jacoby Dale sprints during a practice earlier this season. The Panthers’ season opener is against Warren Mott at 4 p.m. April 12 on the road.

Four-year Roseville High baseball player Jacoby Dale sprints during a practice earlier this season. The Panthers’ season opener is against Warren Mott at 4 p.m. April 12 on the road.

Photo by Deb Jacques

ROSEVILLE — Regular season success has become a staple of the Roseville High baseball program, but the postseason is where 17-year head coach Keith Marzec wants to see the team establish itself.

The Panthers have won four straight Macomb Area Conference Silver Division titles, including going 12-0 in league play in 2017. Roseville has yet to claim a district championship, though. The Panthers have fallen in district finals in each of the last two years.

“(Winning a district title) is still our No. 1 goal and priority,” said Marzec, who is a Roseville High graduate. “I feel that would complete us as a program and bring validity to the success we’ve had in (MAC Silver play) over the years.”

Pitching will be the Panthers’ calling card this season. Roseville’s staff is led by four-year varsity player Jacoby Dale and three-year players Chris Wild and Zane Alexander.

Marzec — whose team opens the season against Warren Mott at 4 p.m. April 12 on the road — said the team will go as far as his pitching staff takes it. The coach added that his team has some depth, which will lead to a number of position battles.

“Position battles always bring out great competition, especially early in the season,” said Marzec, whose team went 18-4 overall in 2017. “We’ll need several players to step up and grow up fast for us to continue with the success we’ve had.”

Fitting that bill are juniors Alex Wyatt and Andrew Keltz, and sophomore Brian Masterson. Marzec said it gets tougher each year to maintain a high level of success. The progress of Wyatt, Keltz and Masterson, among others, is key to the team’s prospects. 

“We’ve been on quite a ride the last few years,” Marzec said. “We’ll need guys to grow, but our goals remain the same.”