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

June 1, 2010

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 Yarnell Read more

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Eagles blank Woodinville

May 11, 2010

Issaquah pitcher Spencer Rogers struck out nine batters as he blanked Woodinville. Rogers also singled in a run in the Eagles’ three-run sixth inning.

Ben Rosellini had two hits and knocked in a run for the Eagles, who ended the regular season in a tie with Redmond for first place in the Crest Division.

However, since Redmond swept the season series with Issaquah, the Mustangs advanced to the KingCo tournament as the top-seeded team.

Redmond scored twice in the top of the seventh inning May 4 to defeat Issaquah 3-1,

Redmond took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning, but Issaquah tied the score in the bottom of the sixth.

The Mustangs got a strong pitching performance from Zach Abbruzza, who held the Eagles to three hits. Issaquah pitcher Shane Yarnell, who suffered his first loss of the season after registering seven victories, also pitched well.

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Eagles win three, take division lead

May 4, 2010

Spencer Rogers throws no hitter

Mike Paulson, Issaquah senior pitcher, delivers to a Skyline batter April 28, striking out six during the Eagles' 6-2 victory. By Christopher Huber

The key for the Issaquah High School baseball team, going into its April 28 match-up against Skyline, was to score early and often against the recently hot Spartans team.

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Eagles start baseball season with 6-2 win over Highlanders

March 23, 2010

Grant Gellatly, Issaquah senior shortstop, rounds second base to third on a fifth-inning single by Devin O’Donnell. Both then scored against Hazen on a two-out RBI double by senior pitcher Shane Yarnell. By Greg Farra

After three hitless innings by both teams to start the game, the Issaquah High School baseball team rallied to defeat Hazen 6-2 at home March 17 to start the season.

Issaquah’s offense caught fire in the bottom of the fourth inning, and the rally began with Marcus Gaan being hit by a pitch followed by a run-scoring double by Spencer Rogers. Next, Devin O’Donnell was walked, and Shane Yarnell drove O’Donnell in with a double.

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NEW — Tuesday sports update

November 17, 2009

NEW — 9:20 a.m. Nov. 17, 2009

Spencer Rogers signs with UW

Issaquah High School senior Spencer Rogers, one of the top baseball players in the state, signed a national letter of intent Nov. 12 with the University of Washington.

Rogers, a two-year starter in center field for the Eagles and an all-KingCo Conference selection both seasons, had verbally committed to the Huskies in October. He chose Washington over other West Coast schools because of the location, academics and the Huskies’ baseball history. Washington hired Lindsay Meggs as its new coach in July.

Rogers has received several honors the past two years, including being selected to the all-state team. He holds Issaquah records for highest batting average in a season of .487 and triples with 13.

He was a standout on the Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion team last summer, earning the state tournament offensive most valuable player award. He hit .486 with eight home runs and 58 RBIs for Lakeside.

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