Rolling with the TidePublished 9:13am Tuesday, July 16, 2013
One of Benjamin Russell’s top hurlers has made his decision on where he will attend school post-BRHS.
Zac Rogers, a senior right-hander for the Wildcats, has committed to the University of Alabama.
As a junior this past season, Rogers was one of the Wildcats’ most effective arms.
He compiled a 2.86 ERA, good for second on the team, and he struck out a team-high 43 batters over the course of the season. He also led the team in innings pitched with 44.
Rogers was also good at the plate, hitting .330 on the season and racking up 12 RBIs.
According to BRHS head baseball coach Richy Brooks, the decision came down to comfort, the desire to go to an SEC school and Rogers’ hopes of getting playing time early on.
“He had some visits, and he did a lot of research on it,” said Brooks. “He’s been dreaming about this since he was a little kid. I felt like (Alabama’s offer) was one of the better offers. From what I gathered when I talked to Zac, he felt very comfortable there, and that’s really what you’re looking for. He felt good about his chances to get innings if he did what he is supposed to do.”
While Tuscaloosa is Rogers’ future, he hasn’t been wasting any time in preparing for his senior season at BRHS.
Rogers has participated in five showcase events this summer. Brooks said the improvement has been clear to see.
“This summer, he decided to work,” Brooks said. “He’s a better pitcher now than he was his junior year. He matured and grew up a little bit.”
Brooks added that for Rogers, the primary focus is ending his high school career on a high note.
“He doesn’t just want to have a good senior season,” Brooks said. “He wants our team to have a good senior season. Just because he committed to Alabama doesn’t mean that his time at Benjamin Russell is over. He’s been doing hard work, and I expect him to continue doing that. I’m not going to make things different for him. We’re going to do the same things, and we’ll keep working.”
Rogers chose the Crimson Tide over Auburn, Ole Miss and South Alabama.
Brooks said he was proud of Rogers for his work thus far and was looking forward to seeing him continue to improve.
“He’s done a good job of putting himself in this position,” Brooks said. “Now that he has a little bit more attention, there’s a target on him. Teams are going to want to beat that guy. Things like that come with the territory, and it’s going to ready him for the next level. I hope he goes there and is very successful.”