Patchogue-Medford shortstop/pitcher Matt Vogel is the quintessential game-changer.
The Patchogue-Medford senior has dominated the Long Island baseball scene for the past two seasons and will do so again in the spring of 2013.
Last season Vogel was dominant at the plate, hitting at a .420 clip with 4 home runs, 20 RBI, scoring 26 runs and crushing the ball with a .630 slugging percentage.
On the mound it was no different. In 2012 in a limited pitching role, he went 2-1 wit ha 1.20 ERA and struck out 43 batters in 23 innings. The season before that as a sophomore he was stellar going 9-1 with a paltry 0.34 ERA and striking out 103 batters in 61 innings.
Vogel is poised to have another stellar seaeson to finish out his high school career, and with that he has been named one of MSGVarsity.com's Top 30 Long Island Players to Watch for the 2012-13 school year.
"This is the guy you want on the mound in a big game," Patchogue-Medford coach Tony Frascogna said of his ace. "And he's the guy you want on the mound to close a game. He has that winning mentality. He's so tough and so competitive."
Vogel earned himself a spot on the 2012 NYSSWA All-State baseball fifth team, after being named to the sixth team in 2011. He was also named to the Newsday All-Long Island baseball first team in the spring of 2011 and 2012.
He has verbally committed to play baseball at Division I powerhouse South Carolina in 2014.