Monday, June 6, 2011

Getting some Press

River Valley All-Stars: Ryan Rogers
Mon, 06/06/2011 - 4:04pm Category: Sports
ByMark Freeman
Clarksville junior Ryan Rogers has about a year to make the biggest decision of his young life.

Rogers has been named All-State in baseball after batting .534 with three home runs and 11 doubles, while reaching base at a .671 clip.

After a football season that saw the all-everything Rogers play offense, defense and special teams, Rogers was also contacted by both participants in the 2011 National Championship Game. Auburn and Oregon both emailed the strong-legged Panther, as news of his 50-yard field goal spread around the country.

“This summer will go a long way in determining what I’ll do at the next level,” Rogers said. “Right now I plan to play college baseball.”

Rogers plans to attend baseball camps this summer--- including the Extra Innings All-Star events for underclassmen July 6-7 in Jonesboro--- before switching gears back to football. Rogers received the most votes in the 4A-4 district to nab the Extra Innings honor.

The Panthers’ baseball season was, as Rogers called it, a successful one. Clarksville needed to beat Subiaco and Dover in a doubleheader to win conference, something Rogers said the team took a great deal of pride in doing.

In the regional tournament, Rogers and the Panthers fell to the eventual state runners up Prairie Grove, as the Tigers pitched their ace, whose fastball topped out in the upper eighties.

Coming into the season, Rogers worked on his catching skills, as Coach Jake Hudson found that saving his best fielder by playing him in the middle of the infield would not work with his young pitching staff. Rogers practiced blocking pitches and strengthening his arm, and throughout the season he cut down several runners trying to steal.

The best baseball game Rogers had from this season was against Subiaco, where he hit two home runs, a single and a double, just missing the cycle by a triple.

But as for the best memory from the 2011 year---in true Panther fashion--- Rogers chose a walk-off homer to beat Ozark.

“It was a really good year,” Rogers said. “It was fun; we were winning, so that made it even more fun.”

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