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Athlete of the week: Rogers, Trojans off to fast start
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Click here to listen to North Hall softball coach Roger Fannon discuss his pitcher Megan Rogers.
North Hall High pitcher Megan Rogers hasn’t taken any time getting settled into the 2008 softball season.

Rogers, a junior, pitched two shutouts and struck out 22 batters against Chestatee and East Hall in the first two games of the Lady Trojans’ (4-1, 2-0 Region 7A-AAA) season last week.

“She has developed better control since last year,” North Hall coach Roger Fannon said. “She’s also stronger and throws harder.”

She earned her first loss of the season Saturday against Banks County in the Commerce Invitational. The one run of the game, scored by the Leopards, was unearned, keeping her earned run average for the season at zero.

Two hours later, she took the circle again, this time pitching a five-hitter against Dawson County to send North Hall to the tournament final, where they would win. Altogether, she threw about 250 pitches that day.

“She’s very competitive and always steps it up a notch,” Fannon said. “She’ll keep going until she wears herself out.”

Rogers’ secret to success has been her pitch speed and variety. She uses a high-50 miles per hour fastball, a screwball and a changeup.

“She has a lively fastball and screwball,” Fannon said. “Her changeup can improve, but she’ll get better.”

Thanks to Rogers’ pitching, the Lady Trojans’ are currently tied for first in 7A-AAA with Creekview and Lumpkin County. Through five games this season, they have allowed only three runs.

But Rogers hasn’t just been getting noticed on the mound. She has also done her part at the plate. In her two wins last week she had four hits, including an RBI double against East Hall.

“She’s definitely our starting pitcher, but she does a good job with the bat too,” Fannon said. “She has a pretty good swing and makes good contact.”

Rogers is looking to repeat the success she had as a sophomore, when she was the team’s second pitcher behind 2008 graduate Caitlin Rice. She finished 8-7 in 17 games with a 0.46 ERA and only six earned runs in 91 innings pitched. She also led the team with 94 strikeouts.

Now the team’s No. 1 pitcher, Rogers is on track to improve on those numbers, and still has more potential when she returns in 2009 as a senior.

“She has lots of potential,” Fannon said. “I think she’s already one of the best pitchers in our region.”
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