Purple Roses baseball program bounced back in 2017

Riley Maypother at bat for St. Rose MICHAEL SCOTTO

The St. Rose baseball team may not have won a sectional title, but last Wednesday’s loss to Gloucester Catholic did not dampen the team’s pride in its 24-win season in 2017.

The Roses finished with an extremely impressive record of 24-4, while easily winning the B Central division in undefeated fashion.

St. Rose’s only losses came to Freehold Boro in the Monmouth County tournament, Marlboro in a non-division game, Pinelands in the Shore Conference tournament and Gloucester Catholic on Wednesday.

“Getting the program back, we definitely did that,” head coach Rich Lanko said. “To make it to a sectional title and win 24 games, that’s a great accomplishment. The seniors of 2017 got the program back.”

The senior starting group of Brendan Hueth, Joe Volpe, Brandon Mology [5-1, 2.14 ERA], Brian DiPasquale [4-2, 2.33 ERA] and Tom Blaes all were key pieces to the team’s successful season.

Hueth will continue his college baseball career at Saint Joseph’s University, Volpe will play baseball at Dickinson College and Mology at Dominican College.

Mology feels that although St. Rose did not come away with a trophy this year, it was still a successful year on the diamond.

“It was a great season even though we lost in the championship, that sucked,” he said. “But overall we did well. We trained hard and did all we could and got ourselves back on the map.”

Hueth added that, “The season was successful because it’s going to help the underclassmen and help the program build. More people will hopefully go to St. Rose and look to play baseball and get some good guys out there.”

This season marked the first time the Roses won 20 or more games since the 2011 campaign, and much had to do with the senior leadership.

Combine that with a talented junior class and the Roses had talent across the entire diamond.

Going into next season, the Roses will return six of this year’s juniors, including top hitters Riley [.520] and Brody Maypother [.472], along with Sam Sestito [2.28 ERA] on the mound. The team will once again have a strong core of talent looking to follow up this season’s successes.

Hueth and Mology, although upset that their high school careers came to an end, will look back with fond memories at their time with St. Rose.

“Playing with these [St. Rose] teams, we had a great group of guys and lot of great memories,” Hueth said on his four years. “It’s sad it has to come to an end.”

Mology added that, “I don’t know if I can pinpoint one [memory], but just practicing and playing games with people I grew up with…it was a great experience.”