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AOTW: Rocker pitching and hitting to help guide Titans to playoffs

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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018 9:48 am

It’s no longer a secret how good North Oconee High School senior baseball player Kumar Rocker is.

Masses of scouts armed with radar guns line the area behind home plate every time Rocker is scheduled to pitch. Rocker is committed to play college baseball at Vanderbilt, but the projections have slotted him in the first round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft for the better part of a year.

Rocker knows there will be a decision that will have to be made this summer about his future, but for now, he’s just a high school baseball player trying to help lead the Titans back to the playoffs.

“You show up to the park to play to win, not for yourself,” Rocker said. “I’ve never had a problem with that. … With this young group of guys and who we are and how the team is built, it’d be the best senior year I could ask for (if we make the playoffs).”

Rocker took last season’s finish to the offseason as motivation. The Titans felt they should have been a playoff team, but fell just short of qualifying in the season’s final week.

“It drove me in the offseason (missing playoffs),” Rocker said. “Just rounding up all these guys and having them in the work together in the weight room.”

Rocker has carried the drive into the season as he has done more than pitch for the Titans. On Friday, Rocker went 2-for-3 with a three run home run at the plate to help the Titans earn a 10-6 win over St. Pius X Catholic. Rocker then helped pitch the Titans by Stephens County with six scoreless innings in which he struck out 12 batters. Rocker also had an RBI single.

Rocker’s performance has made him this week’s Rehabilitation and Performance Center/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week.

Rocker cherishes the fun-loving way nature of this year’s team as his high school career enters it’s twilight stages.

“It’s good when everyone on the team is loose with each other,” Rocker said. “It builds chemistry.”

The Rehabilitation & Performance Center/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week is chosen by the sports staff of The Oconee Enterprise. You are welcome to email nominations to sportseditor@oconeeenter-prise.com by Monday at 10 a.m. Rehabilitation & Performance Center can be reached at www.rehabandperformance.com

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