Throughout their lives, Steven and Ben Maiers, twin brothers, and
Rowan College of South Jersey (RCSJ) baseball players, have always been teammates
on and off the field. That is until Fall 2021 when they embarked on their
higher education and athletic journeys. They both ended up at the same school,
but on different campuses and different teams.
Steven, who is older than Ben by a mere three minutes, was
recruited by RCSJ Gloucester and is a relief pitcher for the Roadrunners. Ben
was scouted by RCSJ Cumberland and is a starting outfielder for the
The brothers, graduates of Kingsway Regional High School in
Gloucester County, are now on opposite sides of one of the fiercest rivalries
in Region XIX sports.
“That’s kind of just how it ended up. Because recruiting-wise,
Cumberland never really recruited me and Gloucester never recruited him,” said
Steven. “I don’t know how that happened, but we were like, ‘alright.’”
“We never really had the same aspirations of going to the same
school,” Ben revealed. “He wasn’t even really sure he was going to play
baseball in college.”
Finding out that Cumberland and Gloucester were adversaries in the
landscape of sports was a surprise to both.
“We didn’t know we were rivals, until we found out we were,” Ben
mused. “We didn’t know they were big-time rivals in baseball.”
“We didn’t really understand how big of a rivalry it was,” Steven
added. “When I got to Gloucester everyone was like ‘Your brother’s at
Cumberland? That’s our rival!”
When they realized the intense competitiveness that takes place
between the two teams, Steven threw down the gauntlet. “I told him to be ready,
we’re going to try and beat you.”
In early April, when the Roadrunners and Dukes went head-to-head
in a three-game series, it was the first time the twins played against each
other on the diamond. Gloucester won that round, winning two out of
“I would like to have beaten them three times,” Steven said with a
grin. “We’ve faced each other when we were on the same team, but not on
“Seeing him in the opposite dugout is different,” said Ben. “It
was weird looking over on the other side and he’s standing over there. He’s
usually standing right next to me in the same dugout.”
Prior to enrolling at RCSJ, the twins spent four years at
Kingsway. They were multi-sports stars, playing football and baseball, and
helped the baseball team win the conference championship their sophomore year.
The brothers left a lasting legacy at the school.
“Ben and Steven were two of the best young men I have ever had the
pleasure to coach,” said Bill Alvaro, Kingsway baseball coach. “They are both
extremely competitive and will do anything to help their teams win. They are
both a huge reason for why we are starting to experience the success we have
here at Kingsway.”
Currently, in Division III Baseball, Gloucester is ranked No. 2 and Cumberland is ranked No.
7 in the nation, respectively. Steven and Ben are key contributors to their
Steven, a Biology major, appeared in 13 games during the regular
season. He finished with a 1-1 record with two saves, for the Roadrunners. In
17 innings, he allowed only 18 hits and six earned runs. He averaged 10.59 strikeouts
Ben, an Education major, was one of the top hitters for the Dukes.
He finished the regular season with a .377 batting average and belted three
home runs, had 23 RBI, scored 51 runs and stole nine bases.
Both teams advanced to this weekend’s Region XIX Final Four
Tournament. On Friday, May 20, Cumberland plays Brookdale Community College at
the Dukes Baseball Complex and Gloucester hosts Northampton Community College
at the Rowan College Athletic Complex. The games are scheduled for an 11 a.m.
If both teams win, they will meet in the finals. Intriguingly, if
Gloucester and Cumberland do battle for the chance to go to the Division III
World Series, which takes place in Greenville, TN, there’s a chance the
brothers may face each other on the field. Years of being teammates – plus
their unique twintuition – would make the potential match-up the ultimate
challenge for both.
“If I face him, he’s going to know what I’m going to throw,”
Steven admitted. “He’s always been watching me pitch … he knows what pitch is
coming next. (Ben was his older brother’s catcher for many games throughout
their baseball careers).
“He knows how each pitch moves. I feel like if I were going to
face him, I need to have my best pitch in the best spot or he’s going to get a
hit. If I face him, I need to be unpredictable and with my best
“I would love to face him,” said Ben. “I know what he throws. I
know how hard he throws. He’ll probably mix up his whole pitch sequence because
he knows I know what he throws.”
Since the brothers, and best friends, are now rivals, it’s no
surprise some trash-talking occurs between them. “He always says he’ll carve
our team up,” Ben said, “and I’m like yeah, Ok Steven. I’ll just tell everyone
what’s coming. I’ll just say it loud and no one is going to get mad because
When asked if he would play some sweet chin music for his brother
if they faced each other Steven replied, “I don’t know. I’m going to let my
pitching coach call pitches, and then execute.” Then after contemplating
for a moment, “Maybe if we’re winning by a lot, you never know. I might throw
one at him,” he said with a chuckle.
“If we ever face each other, I’m not going to lie, I’ll probably
start laughing at first,” said Ben. “If he hits me with a pitch, man, I’ll go
nuts. But it’ll be a good battle. He’ll probably just play games with me, but
Ben imagined what his reaction would be if he got a hit off his
older brother. “I would chirp like crazy!” he said with a laugh.
Steven shared his thoughts on what a potential match-up between
him and his younger twin would look like. “Everyone on my team and everyone on
his team would know that I’m facing my brother, and everyone would be into
“So, if I strike him out and make him look like a fool, that would be awesome.”
Update: The RCSJ Gloucester Roadrunners earned an automatic bid to the NJCAA Division III World Series when they defeated the RCSJ Cumberland Dukes 9-1 in the Region XIX/N. Atlantic District Championship game. The game took place on Saturday, May 21 at Gloucester's home field.
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