takes baseball path
Watertown’s Steve Rogers was recruited to Trinity College to play hockey and baseball. But when a knee injury shortened his freshman season on the ice, the former standout at St. Sebastian’s in Needham made a decision.
“I felt I could go farther in baseball, and although it was a slight injury that healed in five weeks, I didn’t want to take any risks with hockey, a sport I respect and miss a lot,’’ said the 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior shortstop, who was leading all starters with a .393 average, 30 runs, 42 hits, five triples, and a .617 slugging percentage.
He also had delivered three homers, five doubles, 24 RBIS, and was a perfect 9 for 9 in stolen bases.
Trinity was 23-9 overall after Tuesday’s non-conference, 3-2, loss to Western Connecticut, a game in which Rogers contributed two hits in three at-bats.
However, the Bantams were 10-2 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference, had clinched first place in the NESCAC East and were ranked fourth in the region and 23d nationally in Division 3.
As a two-year starter at third base, Rogers hit .435 as a freshman, earning second team all-conference honors, and .328 last year, when he led Trinity in triples and was second in hits and RBIs.
“Steve's handles himself well inside and outside the lines and he’s a complete athletic player, who when confident and focused, is as good as any college player in New England,’’ said Trinity coach Bill Decker.
That focus was rewarded earlier this month when Rogers was named NESCAC Player of the Week after going 10 for 17 with a 1.118 slugging and .611 on-base percentage.
A baseball captain and All-Independent School League selection at St. Seb’s, Rogers led the ISL his senior year in hitting and runs batted in. He has batted 2d, 5th and 3d for Decker this season after a successful summer with the Lehigh Valley Catz of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, where he was a league all-star.
He is the last of his siblings to wear a college uniform.
His brother Doug , a former linemate at St. Sebs’s, was a skilled hockey forward at Harvard University and one of the first recruits for Ted Donato. He played one season with Wheeling of the East Coast Hockey League and now works in New York City.
His four sisters all were standout field hockey players: Mary was a three-time All-American at Bentley; Bethany (Northeastern) and Jane (Boston University) were also All-Americans, while Catherine played at the University of Maryland.
Rogers's teammates at Trinity include senior tri-captain James Ramsey of Belmont (Belmont Hill), a position player who is making the transition from the mound, and junior pitcher D.J. Goldberg of Plainville (Worcester Academy), who has registered three wins in four appearances.
“We're trying to get James primed for the NESCAC playoffs,’’ said Decker, “and D.J. is a team guy who has done a good job when called upon as a mid-week starter.’’
Hillman and Casey
deliver for Wheaton
Freshman attack Matt Hillman of Brookline has sparked the offense and junior long stick middie Ian Casey of Medway has been a defensive force for the men’s lacrosse team at Wheaton College (8-4 overall, 3-1 Pilgrim League).
Hillman (Brookline High) has a Pilgrim-leading 42 points (along with a team-leading 23 goals), with nine multi-point games. Casey (Buckingham Browne & Nichols) was fourth on the team in ground balls (34) and second in caused turnovers (15).
“Matt is a smooth, athletic left-handed attackman who possesses a good outside shot and the ability to finish in close. He has only scratched the surface as to what he can do at the college level,’’ said coach Jamie Lockard. “Ian’s a very athletic defenseman and a workhorse in the weight room, which allows him to be able to cover various types of offensive players. He has a nose for the ball and that has made him a great player in between the lines.’’
The Wheaton roster also includes reserves Adam Soloperto, a sophomore attack from Sudbury (Lincoln-Sudbury) and Colin Nygren, a freshman midfielder from Harvard (Bromfield School).
Newton South to
enshrine 8 in hall
The Newton South High Athletic Hall of Fame will induct its second class May 18 at American Legion Post 440 on California Street in Newton, starting at 6.
The inductees: Bob Kenney ('62), Tom Rezzuti ('69), John Staulo ('73), Cecelia Wilcox Magargee ('83), Dede Theodore Geurtin ('87), and Tom Steeves (3-sport coach). Steeves has come out of retirement twice to coach boys’ gymnastics. For tickets, call 617-559-6599.
Babson athletics sets
The Babson College Department of Athletics and Recreation is holding its 3d super-raffle fundraiser. Tickets are $50 and are being sold through a link at babsonathletics.com. The 11 prizes include one-week stays at various vacation houses, including ones at Martha's Vineyard, Jamestown, R.I., and County Clare, Ireland. The proceeds will benefit student-athletes on 22 varsity teams. Winners will be drawn June 4 at the college's 31st annual President's Cup Golf Tournament at Wellesley Country Club. For information, contact Jamie Rice at email@example.com or 781-239-5981.