Alumni Spotlight

LYA has a long history of producing exceptional athletes and upstanding citizens.  Read below to catch up on what some of our most talented alumni have been up to!

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Name: Casey Roche

Age: 22

LYA Background: Baseball #years

Currently: Professional player for the Traverse City Beach Bums

A former LYA baseball player, Casey Roche has put his aptitude for America’s favorite past time to good use throughout his high school and college career.

A four year baseball player at Downingtown East High School, Roche still holds the Downingtown High record for career hits (.  His senior year of high school Roche helped lead his team to the State Quarterfinals with a 6-0 record in the playoffs as a senior, in addition to being named the 2010 Player of the Year by the Daily Local News.

At Pittsburgh University, Roche’s talents as both an out fielder and occasional pitcher truly began to blossom.

Playing an impressive 37 games during his rookie season, Roche stood out even as a freshman.  Roche continued to prove himself during his sophomore season, where he started in all 56 season games.  Additionally his sophmore season produced an eight-game hitting streak.

Junior year Roche continued to dominate on the field, and on the mound where he started at pitcher in 5 games.  He also had a five game streak where he tallied two-or-more RBI (or “runs batted in”) hits for the cycle; a feat which had not been accomplished since Joe Leonard in 2010.

To cap off his junior season, in 2013 Roche was named the Third Team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).

Roche finished out his last college season for the Panthers with 55 hits, 11 doubles, 30 RBI and 26 runs scored and was named the NCBWA District 1 Baseball Player of the Year.

Today, Roche plays for the Traverse City Beach Bums; a Michigan based professional team and member of the Frontier League.  With a laundry list of experience, accolades and honors it seems the sky is the limit for this LYA alumnus.