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Athlete of the Week
Rodgers impacts finals

July 06, 2011

Matt Rodgers anticipates the pitch during the MHSAA District Finals game against Avondale. Photo by Wendi Reardon
Before the Wolves closed their spring season, Clarkston High School 2011 graduate Matt Rodgers helped lead the way to victory.

During the district playoffs he brought in two runs with his homerun hit over the fence to tie the score in the first inning, 2-2.

It led the way as the boys beat Avondale, 12-9 for the district crown on June 4.

"Matt was a helluva player," said Phil Price, Clarkston Boys Varsity Baseball head coach. "He started the game. Avondale hit a two-run home and Matt answered and went 'we are here to play, we aren't going to roll over.' It really set the tone of the game."

Against Utica Eisenhower in the first round of MHSAA Regional playoffs, the boys won 6-2, June 11.

Rodgers also started the game off for the boys with a two-run homer in the first inning and ended the game hitting 2-for-3 with three RBIs and was the winning pitcher with no walks and six strikeouts.

"Matt pitched and played really outstanding," said Price.

The team finished with an overall record 23-8 and Rodgers joins 11 players as they left their last year on the team.

"Our seniors have been phenomenal and they have led us on the right path," said Price.