Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 20, 2012

Rose signs with Potomac State

PRINCETON — Another member of the state champion Princeton Tigers baseball team is signing to further his baseball career at the collegiate level. Seth Rose signed a letter of intent to play at Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser, Friday afternoon in a ceremony at Princeton High School.

“I think the program suits me the best of my choices,” Rose said. “It is the only junior college in West Virginia and they’ve got a good program up there. They made it to the Junior College World Series four times in the past nine years and in the 2011 season they finished third.”

Rose, a third baseman and a pitcher for the Tigers will continue to play the hot corner for the Catamounts.

A .400 hitter this past season, Rose believes the biggest adjustment he will have to make will come at the plate.

“Everybody in college can pitch in the upper 80s and they’ve got good off-speed. I’ve got to really adjust,” Rose commented.

While the Tigers won the state championship this season, Rose was part of the team that made it to the tournament two years ago and he has played his entire baseball career with many of the guys on Princeton’s team who are now going their separate ways. He sees it all as a great learning experience.

“I’ve been playing with these guys since I was 5-, or 6-years-old. We started in T-ball and my dad coached us,” Rose lamented. “My sophomore year was a great learning experience for us to see what it was like and this year as seniors we just came out and got it done.”

Rose’s father, Keith, is joyful that his son is moving to the next level.

“I’m extremely proud of him going to Potomac State,” the elder Rose said. “He’s put in a lot of hard work, a lot of effort. He works out every day, throwing, lifting weights, running. He’s being everything he needs to do so he can be ready to start right off the bat.

“Potomac State has one of the top programs on the East Coast in Junior College. They’ve put over 100 guys into Division I of NCAA the last 16 years.”

Used to seeing his son play, Rose said he will travel to Keyser on weekends to see the Catamounts’ games.

Rose’s mother joined in the occasion. “I’m extremely proud of him,” Tracy Basham said. “He has worked extremely hard the last few years and he works year round. He does travel ball, showcase ball and I’m really proud of him. It’s great that he has a good opportunity.”

Josh Wilburn was Rose’s coach at PHS.

“It’s a good day for the program,” Wilburn said. “It’s always nice, always exciting to see one of your kids go on to play college baseball. That’s one of our goals, to send as many of our kids to the next level, see them graduate high school, to be able to go on and play college baseball is a great thing.

“We’re happy for him and we’re sending him to college and we know he will do well.”

Rose joins teammates J.C. Pennington (Bluefield State) and Austin Southcott (Concord) as Tigers who graduated in June, who have formally signed to play college baseball.

— Contact Bob Redd at bredd@bdtonline.com

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