Bridgewater State baseball just started their 2023 season with a spring break trip at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with a 5-2 record. One of the team captains for the last two years is Senior First Baseman Joey Molis (he/him). Molis is a Math major with a concentration in statistics.
Molis has been playing baseball since about age 4-5 when he played T-Ball, and grew up wanting to play college baseball after seeing Vanderbilt play in the 2019 College World Series which they won against Michigan.
Molis is a graduate of Cumberland High where he played varsity baseball for four years. In his junior year, he was on the Rhode Island All-Division 1-A second team, according to the Providence Journal. He also was on the Rhode Island All-Academic team. He was also on the indoor track team for two years at Cumberland High School.
He picked BSU because he described it as a “sports heavy college” and he felt that it was perfect for him. Before deciding to go to BSU, he looked into going to College of the Holy Cross and Marist College, but ultimately decided to become a Bear. Molis will be graduating this spring.
Through six games that he played at the Ripken Experience, Molis hit a .304 batting average with two doubles, seven RBIs, two Walks and eight strikeouts. Last season, Molis batted .275 with seven doubles, three triples, and two home runs, helping the Bears win the MASCAC Championship and making it to the SUNY Cortland regional of the Division III Baseball tournament.
In the 2020 season before COVID halted baseball, Molis won a player & rookie of the week award for his performance at the Snowbird Baseball Classic in Port Charlotte, Florida, where he batted .480 with two doubles and scored two runs with a .580 on-base percentage.
Molis’s goal for this season is to “win another MASCAC Championship, go back to back. It’s simple as, nothing else to it.”
“The team did great, some shaky games, definitely a lot to improve on but the 5-2 record shows that we’re more than capable of winning,” Molis said on the team’s performance during spring break.
In their last game of spring break, the Bears lost to the #13 Catholic Cardinals 8-2. Molis and the team learned a lot from the lost and felt that the team “know[s] how good we are but facing them showed what it takes to face one of the better teams in the country, not just New England or the conference. I think seeing that firsthand was very telling of what and where we need to be.”
When not playing baseball, Molis works for the BSU Athletics helping out with statistics during home games. Molis plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in baseball statistics. He’s been accepted into Northeastern University and has applied to Northwestern University and Purdue University, and says that he’s looking into doing statistics for a Division I Baseball team. He also is an employee of Firecracker Sports where he creates showcases for high school student athletes who are in recruitment for college across the Northeast and expanding into Virginia.