West's Rodriguez signs with Our Lady of the Lake

Marcus Gutierrez By Marcus Gutierrez

Dec. 8, 2017 at 10:21 p.m.

Victoria West's Noah Rodriguez, middle, is joined by (seated from left) Our Lady of the Lake assistant  coach Jeremy Flores, father Craig Caka, mother Amanda Rubio-Caka, sister Sophia Caka and Our Lady of the Lake head coach Brian Aughney during Friday's signing at the West gym.

Victoria West's Noah Rodriguez, middle, is joined by (seated from left) Our Lady of the Lake assistant coach Jeremy Flores, father Craig Caka, mother Amanda Rubio-Caka, sister Sophia Caka and Our Lady of the Lake head coach Brian Aughney during Friday's signing at the West gym.   Marcus Gutierrez/mgutierrez.com for The Victoria Advocate

Victoria West's Noah Rodriguez's work ethic can never be questioned.

Rodriguez has always put in the time to become a better baseball player.

Rodriguez's hard work has paid off, and he signed to play baseball at NAIA school Our Lady of the Lake on Friday at the West gym.

"If I put my mind to do something, I can accomplish it," said the Warriors infielder. "This really is a dream come true for me, and I'm glad to share this moment with my family and friends. This feeling is good. This is good for the soul."

Also on Friday, Rodriguez was named to the 2018 South Texas Preseason Large School Baseball All-star Team.

Team members will be recognized at the 14th South Texas Winter Baseball Banquet on Jan. 18 at the Port of Corpus Christi's Solomon P. Ortiz Center.

"This is just continuing my next step in my baseball career," Rodriguez said. "I'm trying to go further, and I know that in order to do that, I have to keep on working hard."

West coach Manuel Alvarado has seen Rodriguez grow each season at West.

"Noah really put the work ethic in last year in the offseason, and he had a great junior year," Alvarado said. "He's a great person that comes from a great family. As a player, he's very coachable. He takes the time to get better and puts in a lot of work. He was that spark that we needed last year that got us to the playoffs."

Rodriguez helped West finish 17-12 last season as the Warriors made the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

Rodriguez batted .333 with seven home runs, 25 RBIs, a triple, five doubles, and nine stolen bases.

"We had a great year, and this year we're looking to go further and prove people wrong again," Rodriguez said. "We have a lot of guys back from last year, and we're ready to get going."

Rodriguez was named to the Advocate's all-area baseball first-team as a second baseman and was a second- team All-District 27-5A selection.

Rodriguez visited OLLU and felt comfortable as soon as he stepped on campus.

"They have a really beautiful campus," Rodriguez said. "I was able to watch some of their fall ball, and it was great. They have really great coaches."

The Saints will look to Rodriguez to play shortstop when he arrives on campus in the fall of 2018.

Rodriguez is preparing for a special season with the Warriors in the spring.

"This year, I'm just working on getting stronger," Rodriguez said. "I have a lot of small goals this year, and I know if I can accomplish those, they will make the bigger goals I have for myself better."


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