Written by Corbett Smith
Baseball Player of the Week (5/13): Farmersville's Collin Rodgers
What he did: In a must-win Game 2 in a Class 3A area-round series against Celina, Rodgers pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing three hits while striking out four. Farmersville won, 1-0, on an RBI single by Darren Pennington in the fifth. Rodgers served as the catcher for the other two games, including a 14-3 Game 3 win that put the Farmers into the regional quarterfinals.
Who he is: A 5-6, 155-pound senior catcher and pitcher
The stats: In the Celina series, Rodgers was 6-for-9, with four RBIs and three runs scored. His shutout win improved his season pitching record to 8-3, with a 1.58 ERA and 58 strikeouts.
He said it: “Coming into the year, we really didn’t expect to be doing what we are doing. … We want to be heading to Austin like every other team, but honestly, I’m thrilled with what we’ve done so far this year.”
Coach said it: “Without him, we don’t win that series — point blank. He ain’t flashy, but he gets it done,” — Craig Coheley
Did you know? Rodgers is Farmersville’s valedictorian, with a 4.38 GPA on a 4.0-point scale. He will be attending Texas A&M-Commerce in the fall in the school’s Honors College, and he plans to focus on physical therapy. … Rodgers uses five pitches: four-seam and two-seam fastballs, a curve, a circle-change and his best pitch — a cutter.