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Rogers signs pact with Co-Lin baseball

Loyd Star senior Jarred Rogers likes the opportunity to playbaseball on the collegiate level. The talented pitcher/infieldersigned a scholarship Wednesday with the Copiah-Lincoln CommunityCollege Wolves during a brief ceremony in the Loyd Starlibrary.

“I’m happy for the chance to keep on playing baseball,” saidRogers, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound right-hander. “I’m committed torepresenting Loyd Star well at the next level.”

During his junior season, Rogers pitched and played the infield.He has a career record of 15-3 on the mound at Loyd Star, with 100strikeouts and a 3.38 ERA to his credit. At the plate, he batted.312. He has a .468 slugging percentage.

“Jarred has been a big part of this team,” said Loyd Starbaseball coach Jonathan Breakfield. “He’s one of the hardestworkers I’ve ever had. He’s also a leader and a student of thegame.”

Breakfield said he probably will use Rogers as a part-timecatcher this season. “He’s an all-around good player.”

Loyd Star’s baseball team debuts Feb. 17.

Rogers also played quarterback and defensive back for the LoydStar football team, earning All-Region 6-2A honors.

Co-Lin baseball coach Keith Case said he was happy to provideRogers, his first signee of 2007, with a scholarship. “Jarred isone of those players who works extremely hard. He gets everythingout of himself.

“He’s a baseball player,” Case continued. “He can pitch and playsecond base. He can go in and throw strikes with three differentpitches. He’s also a good student and a role model.”

Co-Lin has 8 sophomores and 15 freshmen on this year’s roster.The Wolfpack debuts Feb. 14, playing Delgado (La.) and Coahoma in adoubleheader on Sullivan Field.

The son of Wayne and Lisa Rogers comes from an athletic family.His brother, Jordan, is an infielder who plays baseball at WilliamCarey College. Jordan also starred for Pearl River CommunityCollege.

Jarred’s father, Wayne, is a former coach who is currentlyserving as principal at Loyd Star.

Looking to the future, Rogers said he wants to pursue a careerin secondary education and coaching at Co-Lin. He moved to LoydStar from St. Martin on the Mississippi Gulf Coast after hisfreshman year.