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Alec Rodriguez (‘19) commits to Widener University for baseball

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Alec Rodriguez (‘19) gets in position to hit the ball.

Alec Rodriguez (‘19) gets in position to hit the ball.

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Alec Rodriguez (‘19) gets in position to hit the ball.

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Cherry Hill Atlantic Little League was where it all started for middle infielder/ center fielder Alec Rodriguez (‘19). Named after 14-time MLB All-Star Alex Rodriguez, Rodriguez was destined to love baseball from the start. Even through some setbacks, he still managed to commit in early October to play baseball at Widener University, a Division III college in Chester, Pennsylvania that is around forty-five minutes from Cherry Hill East.

Rodriguez remembers playing baseball with his dad in the backyard. He immediately fell in love with the game. Without the game of baseball, he said his life would be completely different.

“Just naturally as a young kid watching on TV, I picked up the game. I would always pick up a bat, swing a bat and throw a ball,” said Rodriguez.

As for East, Rodriguez is not just looking for a playoff spot. His goal is to make a deep run. He feels strongly about supporting the team before worrying about himself.

“In whatever way I can assist… it doesn’t matter, as long as our team is winning and successful,” said Rodriguez.

Playing for Colossal Sports Academy, Rodriguez tore his meniscus in his left knee this past July. The injury required surgery, and as a result, Rodriguez is currently in rehab. He feels confident that he will be back on the field to start the season with the Cougars. With his club team, Rodriguez got the opportunity to play in six tournaments and showcases in front of colleges. Colossal won a big tournament called MSI in front of many college coaches.

Rodriguez stated that he had no idea Widener was at his game. While watching Rodriguez play on Colossal, Widener fell in love with his team leadership and hustle. In August, he took his first visit and met with the coaches. After keeping in contact for about a month, Rodriguez took another visit. He finally made his decision in early October to play baseball at Widener University. All in all, he feels the recruitment process was fairly easy.

The University of Scranton also showed interest too, but it was Widener’s coaches that swayed Rodriguez. Mike LaRosa, the head baseball coach at Widener, believed in Rodriguez even through his injury. This made Rodriguez positive that Widener was the perfect fit. LaRosa also cares about the people in his program and building their character. LaRosa has been coaching baseball at Widener for eight seasons.

“For him, yes baseball is a big thing, but he also wants to make sure good people are in his program, whether it is helping out in the community… it is more than just baseball,” Rodriguez said.

Last year they finished 21-19 and fourth in the MAC Commonwealth. It is only a matter of time until you see Rodriguez suit up in Widener University’s blue and yellow.

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