Spencer Rogers uses all five tools to earn player of the year

June 1, 2010

By Bob Taylor

Issaquah High School baseball coach Rob Reese couldn’t have asked more from Spencer Rogers this spring.

Spencer Rogers

Rogers, a senior, capped his high school career in a spectacular fashion. He led the 4A KingCo Conference in hitting with a .494 average and topped the league in runs scored with 32. He played flawless defense in center field.

On the mound, Rogers ranked among the league’s top pitchers in wins (five), earned run average (1.92) and strikeouts (49). He was also used as closer, racking up two saves.

In a league that had many outstanding players, Rogers was the guy KingCo coaches tabbed as the Player of the Year.

“I think the award was well-deserved,” Reese said. “Offensively, he just had a great year. He can hit to all fields. He runs the bases well. Defensively, he is one of the best center fielders in the state. As a pitcher, he is just a fierce competitor.”

As a hitter and outfielder, Rogers draws comparisons to former Issaquah standout Colin Curtis, who starred at Arizona State University before embarking on a pro career in the New York Yankees’ organization.

Rogers, who signed a national letter of intent with the University of Washington, will likely play in the outfield for the Huskies.

“They are going to get a good one,” Reese said. “We’ve had some outstanding players over the years and Spencer certainly ranks among the best we’ve had.”

In addition to Rogers, Issaquah had another player selected to the 4A KingCo first team — pitcher/designated hitter Shane YarnellAs a pitcher, Yarnell had a 7-2 record with an 0.89 earned run average and 51 strikeouts.

“He has been one of the best pitchers in the league the last two years,” Reese said. “He lost two games this season and in one of the games, he didn’t allow an earned run. He has great control. He gave up just eight walks this season.”

Yarnell’s hitting was a pleasant surprise for the Eagles this spring. He hit .379 and drove in 27 runs.

“He always had the ability to be a good hitter. He had a great season offensively,” Reese said.

Rogers and Yarnell helped lead the Eagles to a first-place tie with Redmond in the Crest Division.

Skyline had two first-team selections in second baseman Nate Litka and outfielder Anthony DeMatteo.

Litka hit .397 with three home runs and 20 RBIs. DeMatteo, an all-state linebacker in football and a league wrestling champion, showed he is a talented baseball player, too. He hit .397 for the Spartans, who surprised in the KingCo tournament by grabbing the league’s No. 2 berth and reaching the state regionals.

Other first team selections were pitcher/first baseman Zach Abbruzza; outfielder Dylan Davis; shortstop Michael Conforto, of KingCo champion Redmond; catcher Ethan Yeo; third baseman Peter Meusui; utility player Mitchell Gunsolus, of Inglemoor; designated hitter Brian McAfee, of Bothell; and shortstop Trace Tam Sing, of Newport.

Local selections on the second team were catcher Devin O’Donnell and outfielder Mike Paulson, of Issaquah. Paulson ranked among the league’s top hitters with a .414 average. O’Donnell hit .357.

Earning honorable mention were Marcus Gaan, Grant Gellatly and Ben Rosellini, of Issaquah; and Peyton Harrod, Connor Lawhead, Jayce Nelson and Sean Penberthy, of Skyline.

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