Watchman names Rogers Player of the Year

Demopolis High senior Mason Rogers accepts the West Alabama Watchman Player of the Year plaque from WAW managing partner Jeremy D. Smith.

Demopolis High senior Mason Rogers accepts the West Alabama Watchman Player of the Year plaque from WAW managing partner Jeremy D. Smith.

Demopolis High catcher and LBW signee Mason Rogers was at or near the top of nearly every major statistical offensive category in the county this season, making him a clear choice for West Alabama Watchman Player of the Year honors.

Rogers led the county with a .465 batting average and a .707 slugging percentage. His four home runs also gave him the high mark in that category.

The Demopolis backstop went a perfect 15-for-15 in stolen bases on the year, a tally that easily led his team and placed him among the county leaders. Rogers totaled 37 runs scored and 32 RBIs, both numbers that left him near the top in the respective categories. Rogers also proved a high-contact hitter, striking out just nine times in 120 plate appearances.

Rogers also helped on the mound, acting as the team’s closer while 19 batters over 10 and two-thirds innings and recording six saves with a 0.66 ERA.

But, as good as Rogers was in those areas, he was probably at his best behind the plate. Despite an ailing arm, Rogers controlled opposing running games for the Tigers and managed a pitching staff that featured 10 different hurlers.