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BRHS’ Odem, Rogers make most of ABCA All-Star nods

Published 10:21am Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Usually, when a player is named to an event that involves the descriptor “all-star,” they want to make the most of his or her time on said stage.
For two Benjamin Russell Wildcats, that is exactly what happened.
Marquis Odem and Jacob Rogers participated in the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Showcase in Troy recently, and both players left with worthwhile takeaways from the event.
For Odem, who will enter the 2015 season as one of the leaders for BRHS on the diamond, the experience was invaluable.
“Off of the field, it was a cool experience meeting and talking to some of the baseball players in the state,” he said.
Known for his top-notch defense and fear-inducing speed on the base paths, Odem said the week allowed him to gain a greater understanding of what it will take to succeed at the collegiate level and beyond.
“Seeing some of the pitching that I saw showed me how good of a hitter you have to be in order to succeed on the next level,” Odem said. “The pitching and defense will only get better.”
While the stat line doesn’t show it – Odem ended up with a walk and a stolen base – the Wildcats’ outfielder said the week  was more than productive for him.
He added that he would use the experience as a motivating tool, as it showed him where he was in his game as well as in what ways he could improve.
“Honestly, I could’ve done better than I did offensively,” Odem said, adding that given his outing he was more amped for the senior season. “(Getting better) started at baseball practice (on Tuesday).”
As for Rogers, he had a solid outing on the mound in spite of the short amount of time he has spent as a pitcher and a new, side-armed delivery.
Given 10 batters to face, he retired each hitter. He forced five ground-ball outs and struck out two.
For Rogers, he said the outing was a sign of his persistence and efforts toward improvement paying dividends, adding that he was blown away by his selection to the event.
“I feel like all the hard work and practice I’ve done this spring and early summer is beginning to pay off with good results,” Rogers said. “I feel like I represented BRHS well amongst all the elite talent down in Troy. I am extremely honored to have been selected to attend the showcase.”

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