OKLAHOMA CITY — Piedmont’s J.J. Rogers had one goal in Thursday’s annual Oklahoma City Area Baseball Coaches Association All-State game at Putnam City High School.
So while he would’ve liked his North team to win — they lost to the South, 4-2 — the experience as a whole was a success.
“Being around all the top guys from around the city area was pretty cool,” he said. “We didn’t win, but it was still fun.”
A reserve infielder, Rogers went 0-for-2 at the plate with a ground out and a strikeout. He didn’t get the opportunity to pitch, but played errorless ball at shortstop and nearly completed a 1-6 double play in the sixth.
“The dude was pretty fast, but it was definitely a close play at first,” Rogers said of nearly doubling up Midwest City’s Bryan Charlton.
The South team took an early 1-0 lead on a throwing from North catcher Colin Simpson that scored Blake Brewster from third.
But the North team rallied with a RBI-double from Simpson, an Oklahoma State commit, to tie the game in the fourth, then took the lead when Jefferson Harris of Putnam City North scored on a passed ball in the fifth.
Westmoore’s Nolan Park’s two-run double to left field off Edmond Memorial pitcher Konnor Kinnear in the top of the seventh proved to be the difference for the South team, though.
OSU signee and Carl Albert product Corey Zangari added an insurance run an inning later on an RBI-single to left.
“He’s good enough to go to the draft, so just being around him was pretty cool,” Rogers said of competing against Zangari. “I pitched against him last year, but I didn’t get to last year. That would’ve been kind of cool.”
Brewster, who’s committed to the University of Oklahoma, worked a scoreless ninth to earn the save for the South team.
Rogers isn’t sure yet if he’ll take part in another OCABCA event May 30 at Heritage Hall against a group of Tulsa area All-Stars.