Wil Hoyle, Michael Rothenberg and Joey Loperfido at the Grand Canyon (Photo courtesy of Michael Rothenberg)


Duke Players Prep For Draft With Epic Car Trip


Catcher Michael Rothenberg, center fielder Joey Loperfido and second baseman Wil Hoyle would’ve rather taken a team flight to Omaha for the College World Series.

But after their Blue Devils were eliminated by Liberty in the 2021 Knoxville Regional, they went on a different trip, taking a two-week car ride from North Carolina to California. They returned home on July 2.

Rothenberg and Loperfido are roommates, and Hoyle lives across the hall. All three are extremely close.

“Joey is a Catholic kid from New Jersey, Mike is a Jewish guy from Boca Raton (Florida), and I’m a Southern Protestant from[…]