On October 7, 2014, St. Amant pitcher Blayne Enlow was in a car crash where he broke his pelvis and fractured his ankle in two places before his sophomore season.
The setback from the accident caused weakness in his legs and core for most of his sophomore season, and some doubted he would return to baseball.
“Everyone doubted me, saying I wouldn’t be able to come back,” said Enlow, who will be a senior at St. Amant this year. “But I proved them wrong and came back stronger and balled out that season.”
Enlow said he wanted to get back into pitching after his physical therapy. After being on bed rest and in a wheelchair for a months, the offers — including LSU — started to pile up.
Enlow’s father, Barry, helped his son get back into baseball shape to prepare for his junior season at St. Amant, working on rebuilding his son’s strength and getting his fastball back up to speed.
“After about four weeks of intense workouts, I had him go to a (Prep Baseball Report) event at the end of May 2015,” Barry Enlow said. “His velocity made some significant gains, reaching the high 80s.”
Blayne continued to work hard, as well as playing with the Gauthier & Amedee American Legion team as a short reliever.
By the end of June 2015, Enlow’s velocity touched 90 mph.
Soon after, Enlow committed to LSU.
“It is my hometown,” Enlow said. “They have the best coaches, the atmosphere is great, and best fans in America. It doesn’t get better than that.”
Enlow participated in the Tournament of Stars last week in Cary, North Carolina, where he made the first cut for the USA Baseball 18-and-under team.
Enlow can now throw a 94 mph fastball, but his favorite pitch is a curveball he throws 79-82 mph.
“That’s my strikeout pitch,” Enlow said. “My main pitch is my fastball, but my out pitch is my curveball.”
That “out” pitch helped the 6-foot-4, 175-pounder get 93 strikeouts as a St. Amant junior.
Gauthier & Amedee American Legion assistant coach Britt Waguespack said he feels fortunate to coach Enlow.
“His mentality every day is to win and get better,” Waguespack said. “He still has plenty of upside and is miles away from his full potential. He’s fun to watch as well as (being) a great individual.”
Jesse Cassard, who resigned as athletic director-baseball coach at Zachary High School on Monday to become baseball coach at Sulphur, was part of a USA task force that worked the Tournament of Stars from June 20-27.
“I got to see (Enlow) pitch both times, and he was impressive,” Cassard said. “I’d say he was one of the top two pitchers there.
“No moment was too big for him. He was facing guys who were hitting it over 400 feet. He had a plan for each hitter. ... He wasn’t just out there throwing it.”
There were 108 players at the Tournament of Stars, 105 of whom are committed to colleges and 70 percent of those commitments are to Southeastern Conference or Atlantic Coast Conference schools.
Enlow is also thinking about his senior prep season. Last season, St. Amant lost in the quarterfinals to eventual Class 5A champion Barbe.
“I plan to work hard and get the team headed right,” Enlow said. “We have to have that mentality that no one can beat you.”