Brennan Rozell - From Zebra to PotterBy: Aaron Jackson
Former Lincoln High Fighting Zebra Brennan Rozell is now a Lincoln Potter and has gone from being a star player at LHS to having a significant role with the Potters.
In 15 games played with the Potters, Rozell has batted .286 with eight RBIs. As a Fighting Zebra, Rozell played varsity all four years and batted over .400 twice.
He had 60 RBIs, including 24 in his senior season. Rozell was sixth in the Pioneer Valley League for batting average his junior year and fourth his senior year. He was essential in Lincoln’s three straight Sac-Joaquin Section championships from his freshman to junior seasons.
“I actually started playing up in Washington with the Port Angels Lefties right after graduation, but due to over recruitment I reached out to the Potters and was lucky enough to play with them,” Rozell said.
Rozell doesn’t feel he has had to adapt his game on a new team and said it’s being able to handle a different environment by slowing the game down and settling in.
While Rozell feels the transition from high school to the Potters went smoothly, he did mention the difference in the level of competition.
“Lincoln has (been), and hopefully always will be, a baseball town, and the importance of having a college summer team in it now will only help that grow.”
Rozell is going to California State University Long Beach in the fall and will be playing baseball there as well. To prepare for that, he has been working to get stronger in hopes of making an immediate impact.
“My biggest strength I have is my defense,” said Rozell.
Rozell said he wants to learn as much as can from fellow players and coaches during his time with the Potters. He said he has been soaking up information like a sponge, playing alongside college juniors and seniors.
In spite of his love of baseball and his desire to continue playing, he suggests to his fellow student-athletes to look for more than playing sports.
“Pick somewhere you would want to go to school aside from athletics,” the former Zebra said, “and don’t choose solely off athletics.”
It sounds like Brennan is a very determined young player who is confident in his game and ready to push himself to the next level. He also seems to be fully enjoying the experience of playing for his hometown.
Hopefully he can continue to improve his game and finish out strong with the Potters and have great success as a Long Beach State 49er.