Rodger Anderson, who is in the Washington State High School Baseball Hall of Fame as a coach, has nearly 350 career wins, while leading Lake to nineteen appearances in the WIAA district baseball tournament along with fourteen trips to the state tournament. Even with all that success under his belt, all Anderson wanted to talk about was what a great group of young men this year’s team consists of and how he has one of the best coaching staffs in the state.
Even though Anderson is the head coach, Jim Willie has the designation of co-head coach and Anderson says he and Coach Willie have great communication and generally come to agreement on major decisions, such as who has earned a starting position and where a player will help the team most.
Coach Anderson said another big key to their success this year
rests with second year coach Michael Hodgins, who works with the pitchers and catchers, along with calling pitches during the games. Ryan Ingram, in his ninth year coaching Lake’s junior varsity and Jan Novak round out his coaching staff.
As far as the players on the field this year, Coach Anderson said this is a special group. “They are a very tight group and honestly a little goofy, with a ton of senior leadership.” He also said “you can tell they truly enjoy being around each other and are good friends, which is great for team unity.”
“Probably the biggest key is that they are very focused, but at the same time they never get too high or too low, they just have that quiet confidence about themselves.”
The Vikings best finish under Coach Anderson and Willies leadership was second place at state in 1999, along with three other final four finishes. Anderson believes this team has what it takes to win it all with its combination of pitching, hitting and senior leadership.