Roseville High’s Angelo Loiacano  dives back into the bag during a game against St. Clair Shores Lakeview April 10. The Panthers lost 6-0.

Roseville High’s Angelo Loiacano dives back into the bag during a game against St. Clair Shores Lakeview April 10. The Panthers lost 6-0.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Roseville baseball trying to keep MAC Silver streak alive

By: Zachary Manning | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published April 22, 2019

 Roseville High’s Andrew Keltz throws the ball across the diamond in a game against St. Clair Shores Lakeview April 10. At press time, the Panthers were 0-5 overall.

Roseville High’s Andrew Keltz throws the ball across the diamond in a game against St. Clair Shores Lakeview April 10. At press time, the Panthers were 0-5 overall.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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ROSEVILLE –– No matter the year or the circumstances, Roseville High baseball coach Keith Marzec expects his team to compete for Macomb Area Conference and Division 1 district titles. 

The Panthers have won five straight MAC Silver titles, and Marzec said this year’s team doesn’t want to be the group to break that streak. 

Roseville has struggled to open the season, as the Panthers were 0-5 overall and 0-2 in league play at press time. However, Marzec is expecting the league to be very competitive, and he believes his team can be a factor. 

“I hope to be at the top when it’s said and done. I really think this year, more than any year in our division, there’s really a lot of parity,” Marzec said. “I really believe anybody can knock off anybody. Last year, we were co-champs with three losses, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the team who won this year had at least three losses as well.”

Marzec called his team a “work in progress,” but he likes the way his group has improved since tryouts. He also noted that the strengths of the team have been leadership and work ethic, but he wants to see his team get better defensively. 

A few guys leading the Panthers are seniors Ian Major, Andrew Keltz and Kyle Taylor, along with junior Brian Masterson. Roseville’s roster features five seniors, seven juniors, one sophomore and one freshman. 

“Obviously, we’ve had the slow start, but sometimes with the great teams, that happens,” Major said. “We’re looking for just our hitting to improve, really, and our fielding to improve. And we’re hoping we can come out on top of the division for a sixth straight.” 

While the Panthers have racked up multiple league titles over the last few years, one thing that has eluded the program is a district title. 

Marzec said that in his 18 years leading the program, Roseville has yet to move past the district round, despite having some chances over the years. 

For him, the team and the school, being able to push through with this group would be a special moment. 

“If we got it this year, I think it would mean more to the coach than all of our players, because I don’t think he’s gotten one,” Major said. “I don’t even remember the last time we won it, so if we got one this year, I think it would mean a lot to the team, the school and just the whole community.” 

Roseville’s next game is at 4:30 p.m. April 24 against Clawson High at Clawson City Park. 

Call Sports Writer Zachary Manning at (586) 279-1107. Follow Sports on Twitter @CandGSports.

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