Baseball: Seth Rosenberg fitting in well at Niles WestTommy Williams (7) of Niles West catches a short pop-up on Thursday, March 29, 2012 in Skokie. | Jon Durr~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 16, 2012 7:11PM
Niles West has shot out to a 14-2 record this season, largely because the Wolves both hit and pitch exceedingly well.
The same can be said about catcher/pitcher Seth Rosenberg, who transferred from New Trier to Niles West this season.
“I like it,” said Rosenberg, a junior, of hitting in the middle of such a powerful lineup. “I think, one-through-nine, we’re strong. I don’t think there’s another team, one-through-nine, when we’re on, that can beat us. It’s great to play baseball with these guys every day.”
It’s especially great if you’re in the heart of the order, like Rosenberg has been this season.
Established varsity standouts Kyle Colletta, Kevin Ross and Jason Meger typically hit in the 2-3-4 slots, respectively. Rosenberg has been inserted into the all-important No. 5 spot by Niles West coach Garry Gustafson. He is usually followed by power-hitting Erik Stojanoff.
“He’s a good addition because we lost some guys from last year and he’s just as good as all of those kids,” Meger said. “He’s helping us out a lot, getting another bat in the lineup.”
While Niles West has piled up victories this season, not each game has been a slugfest. The Wolves’ pitching staff has been excellent throughout the season, and Rosenberg has been behind the plate to catch the majority of Niles West’s games.
Rosenberg’s work with the pitching staff began with bullpen sessions in the off-season, which allowed him to grow familiar and comfortable with the Wolves’ pitchers. It also let Rosenberg integrate with the team and start learning more about his teammates before the beginning of the season.
“I love it,” said Meger of pitching to Rosenberg. “I think he’s a great catcher. I really like the way he calls pitches. He’s really aggressive behind the plate. He has a lot of confidence in our pitchers, too. If someone’s getting down, he’ll get them back up. He’s got the right attitude behind the plate and he’s a great addition to our team.”
All indications are, Rosenberg has blended in well with an established team. What started with bullpen sessions with pitchers in the offseason has now transformed into an appreciation for every day of baseball with Niles West this spring.
“Honestly, I’m really happy I’m here,” Rosenberg said. “Everyone’s been extremely nice and welcoming. I think the transition has been great. Playing with these guys, they can’t be better teammates. It’s been a great experience.”