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Resilience the key for Roeger
Experienced Aussie ready for another big season
09/25/2017 10:11 PM ET
Angus Roeger will be back as one of the Adelaide Bite's most experienced players for the upcoming ABL season.
Angus Roeger will be back as one of the Adelaide Bite's most experienced players for the upcoming ABL season. (Graphic: Amy Kershaw)

Last season was a rollercoaster for Angus Roeger as family tragedy struck home, but one year on the talented Aussie is ready to make a statement for the Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks.

Reaching his milestone 150th game last time round and another playoff appearance, it was a fantastic season all-round for the All-Star Australian.

"Over the last three or four years, when you make it to the championship or the playoffs every year it's kind of something you expect. Even right here, right now, I plan to be playing in the championship series," Roeger said.

"It's always tough rolling out at 8:30 at night after dinner and having to train but that's what it's all about. When we're sitting here in the summertime we always remember these nights and just how hard we've all worked."

His campaign was knocked off track with the passing of his father, Craig, in early December, and with both stalwarts of the Sturt Baseball Club it was a loss felt throughout South Australian baseball.

Now, the 27-year-old is focused on another strong season and the chance to keep the Roeger name as one to remember across all levels.

"It shook the boat a little bit. It wasn't the best thing to happen during the baseball season, that's for sure," he said.

"Moving on it's one of those things in life… you've got to keep swinging. I'll be thinking of him every time I play, not only for the Bite but for Sturt as well. That's probably one of the things that will stick around, the memories."

Throughout his career, Roeger has never been the player who focuses on his stats or milestones. Instead he focuses on his form itself and the ever changing goals which drive him to be the best.

"Each year that rolls around the goals change a little bit, not only on the baseball field but for personal reasons," Roeger said.

"It's just trying to be consistent for one. For me, trying to strike out less and put more balls in play, and to force more outs is a big thing for me… hitting home runs, driving in runs as well."

On and off the field, he is also looking forward to playing under one of his best mates in Chris Adamson. With 'Tank' taking over the role of manager permanently this season it is a new experience for Roeger.

"It's kind of hard to explain," Roeger said.

"When we come out here I know he's the manager, he's superior. I don't look at him as he's talking and think we were just drinking beers on the weekend.

"As soon as we're out here and in uniform it's completely different and I think he's the perfect person for the job, not only for his career but for South Australian baseball."

Adamson is equally full of praise for his friend and sees him as a guiding light for the Bite.

"Angus has been a key part of what we are doing here for quite a few years, and has grown into a leader amazingly," Adamson said.

"He leads by example which is extremely important for us and our young group.

"Through so much adversity over the past few years he has shown how resilient he is, and how much this team means to him."

With an in-tune Roeger and the perfect manager at the helm, this is an Adelaide side that looks more than capable of going the distance. Still, before they get there it's all about the daily grind and for Roeger, keeping up the good form that will get him hitting and bringing home the runs.

"Baseball is a tough game when you're not in the line-up every night you can't have consistent at-bats; it's really hard to string together form when you're struggling," he explained.

"Just to remain up-beat and confident when you know you can have four or five at-bats a night, good things tend to happen."

 

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This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.