Athlete of the Week: Michelle Rogers

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Scecina softball pitcher Michelle Rogers is as good as it gets if you ask the Crusaders head softball coach, Cory Gray.

“In my mind, there’s no better pitcher in the state of Indiana than Michelle Rogers,” said Gray. “She has that attitude that she doesn’t want to let her team lose. I mean she’s going to give it everything she’s got 100% of the time.”

Last year, she was key in leading the Crusaders to just their second state title in school history. She threw almost every inning, but one game, in their title run, and only allowed one earned run the entire time.

“I don’t think I can even put it into words,” said Michelle of their state title win. “It’s always been one of my goals, so it was a nice little win.”

But she almost wasn’t here at Scecina for any of this; her dad lost his job in Indianapolis last year and took a job in Louisville last summer. That’s when he made her a deal to keep her in Indy.

“I had to keep good grades and had to work hard at softball to make it worth his while to drive,” said Michelle.

Michelle has upheld her part of the bargain with Scecina eyeing a repeat, and her earning a scholarship to play softball to Eastern Illinois. She said it’s her dad’s sacrifice that motivates her each and every day. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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