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Jordan Shaffer no-no; Athlete of the Week yes-yes

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Benton, La. - Benton high school's baseball team made it to the state quarterfinals for the second straight year beating district rival Northwood 12-0 yesterday behind the first-ever playoff no-hitter thrown by righthander Jordan Shaffer.  Shaffer, who has signed to play college baseball at Northwestern State, also plays shortstop.

Benton head baseball coach J.D. Stephens has seen colleges wrestle with a player who plays both positions so well. "That was the hard part in his recruiting process.  A lot of coaches wanted to know is he a pitcher?  Is he a shortstop? And the reality is, he's good enough at both to at least have that opportunity to go in and do it."

Shaffer also showcased his arm on Friday nights by playing quarterback for the Tigers and in his senior year led Benton’s new spread offense.  The scheme worked well for Shaffer who put up plenty of points for the purple and gold.

"Growing up, that's what you hear about on TV,” Shaffer says. “The quarterback, so growing up I always wanted to do that.  My Dad always worked me out at shortstop all the time because that's what he was in high school."

Coach Stephens says it doesn’t matter what the sport, "Whether it's a basketball, a ping pong racket, you give him a Frisbee, he'll throw it 100 yards."

The pressure of playing three key positions in high school didn't compare to the standards Shaffer’s parents set for him when it came to his work in the classroom.  "My parents always told me if I don't keep my 4.0 something bad's going to happen to me so, got to keep the grades up."

Coach Stephens adds, "It's a testament to who he is. I've never met a player who's a 4.0 student who didn't work hard on the baseball field."

Shaffer now takes his talents to Northwestern to play for the Demon baseball team, but his legacy will stay in Benton for years to come.

"He's the type of player you want to build a team around. He's the type of player who will definitely be missed in our program."  Stephens knows better than most.
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