A big strikeout for "Big A" | Community Spirit
To members of the Bleckley Middle School baseball team, he's "Big A." Otherwise known as Austin Rogers, he's an ardent fan of all the Cochran sports teams. Royals football, Barons baseball, Knights basketball, Austin supports them all despite being sight disabled and attending Georgia Academy for the Blind in Macon.
Rogers has been a regular in the dugout for the Barons and head coach Phillip Hart for the past few years servingas a manager. At Saturday's Diamond Day non-region games played in Cochran, Austin got a chance to be involved.
Leading 10-1 in the seventh against Trinity, Hart made a pitching change. Rogers came in, threw some warmups, then faced a batter. Showing a form that'd make upcomig Hall of Famer Gred Maddux proud, Austin struck him out on three pitches. He got a loud ovation from fans and congratulations from the home plate umpire.
One parent remarked they overheard Austin asking teammates after his appearance "Did y'all see my change-up?" BCMS went on to win 10-1. They'd beaten Pulaski County Middle School that morning. It was a good day for the Barons capped by a special moment for "Big A."