Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Andrews High’s Allie Rogers signed to continue her softball career at the University of South Carolina – Beaufort last week.
“It’s amazing,” Rogers said. “I’m blessed to be able to continue to” play softball.
Rogers went to a camp at the school last summer and got to know the coaches, and fell in love with the campus and the area.
Rogers pitched the Lady Yellow Jackets to four straight region titles.
“She’s one of the players you want to have a whole entire team of,” said Kim Cantley, who coached Rogers as a junior varsity player, and then for her senior season on varsity.
Rogers did anything the coaches asked her to do, on and off the field, Cantley said, and was a leader on the team.
Rogers started playing softball just about as soon as she could hold a bat.
“As soon as I could play tee-ball and coach-pitch,” she said. “Literally, it’s been my whole life.”
“Her heart and soul is in softball,” Cantley said.
Rogers grew up with, and has been teammates with, some of the Lady Yellow Jackets her whole life.
It will be hard to leave them.
“It’s the hardest thing I’ve had to do so far,” she said. “It’s not just a team it’s a family. [It’s] a different bond.”
She’s been playing travel ball since she was 10, and then started playing in showcases and for elite travel teams in her mid-teens.
Even with all that experience, she’s a little worried about traveling to other states with the USC-Beaufort team, and keeping up with her studies.
“The schoolwork is going to be a lot different,” she said. “A lot tougher” than high school.
Rogers plans to study phys ed or physical therapy.
Cantley said her younger players should follow Rogers if they too want to play in college.
“Work at it,” Cantley said. “Better yourself on and off the field any way you can.”