St. Amant pitcher Blayne Enlow has been selected to bring his pitching skills to the USA Baseball 18U Tournament of Stars that will be held in Cary, North Carolina. The USA Baseball Tournament of Stars, presented by Major League Baseball, is made up of 108 of the nation’s best ballplayers who are considered for the 18-year-old-and-under national team.

USA Baseball and Major League Baseball cover the costs associated with the event, which include players’ travel, lodging through the USA Baseball Host Family Program and uniforms. Participants form the primary pool of talent from which USA Baseball will select its 18U National Team to represent the United States at the 2016 COPABE Pan American Championships in Monterrey, Mexico, in September.

The 18U National Team program has a history of success that includes winning gold at six of the past seven international 18U events. Alumni of the 18U National Team include recently elected Hall of Famer John Smoltz. Additionally, 2012 American League Rookie of the Year and 2014 AL Most Valuable Player Mike Trout played in the 2008 tournament and 2012 National League Rookie of the Year Bryce Harper played in the 2009 tournament.

The competition that starts the selection process started on June 21, and the team selections will take place on Sunday.

Enlow was the workhorse on the mound for the Gator baseball team that advanced to the Class 5A quarterfinals, where they lost to eventual state champion Barbe High School. Adding to his accomplishments this season was his selection as the District 5-5A Co-MVP.

Enlow has committed to play for the LSU Tigers and is one of three Louisiana players set to compete in the event. Enlow finished his senior year 6-4 with a 1.54 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 62.2 innings

All-State honors in softball

Ascension Catholic’s ace softball pitcher Julia Beck and outstanding outfielder Rae’Shaun Malancon were selected to the Class 1-A All-State team.

Beck finished 20-4 on the mound with 220 strikeouts and had a 2.20 ERA. Beck finished her career with 1,007 strikeouts during her four seasons with the Bulldogs. She also batted .493 with 20 RBIs. Beck was voted the Outstanding Player in the Class 1A all-state team selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Malancon used her prowess in the outfield and in the batter’s box to help propel Ascension Catholic High School to a semi final spot in the state playoffs, where the Bulldogs lost 7-4 to the eventual state champ Catholic High School of Pointe Coupee. Malancon hit for a blazing .507 average that included nine home runs and 32 RBIs.

Football skills camp July 6-8

Here is a message from Ascension Catholic head football coach Drey Trosclair: “Our football camp is very productive. We want all of our campers to feel like they have learned different aspects about the game of football each day they participate in our camp. Not only will the fundamentals be taught, but the love and passion of the game will be expressed through our coaches as they work with our campers.”

Trosclair would like to extend an invitation for interested future football stars to attend the school’s football skills camp taking place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 6-8 at the Bulldog Practice Field at St. Vincent and Williams streets in Donaldsonville.

The cost is $75, and campers must attend school at Ascension Catholic, St. Elizabeth, St. Theresa or St. John, of Plaquemine. The camp is for youths in kindergarten through eighth grade. Campers must bring their own cleats; water will be supplied. All campers will receive T-shirts, and a lunch will be provided on the last day of camp.

Camp staffers will include Ascension Catholic varsity football coaches, senior football players and former Bulldog standouts and current Louisiana college receivers D.J. Latino and Wade Bailey.

The camp will feature many different speed and agility drills, as well as offensive and defensive drills for every position on both sides of the football. There also will be Bulldog Ball at the end of camp each day.

Registration must be completed and returned by June 30. Reach Trosclair at (985) 414-2194 or drey.trosclair@acbulldogs.org.

Open team tournament

With the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers finally on an appreciable fall, the fishing should be “off the hook,” pun intended. This year’s high-water period is the longest in my memory, and bass and panfish anglers have been waiting quite a long time for this to come.

So if you’re itching to fish for some bass while helping out a worthy cause, Ryan Lavigne would like to extend an invitation to participate in the Ascension Area Anglers’ annual Club Benefit Bass Tournament. This is an open team tournament with all proceeds going directly to club members qualifying for and competing in the BASS Nation Championship. Proceeds also will help the club host and sponsor the annual Fishing for Tucker benefit bass tournament.

The tournament will be held July 23 with a $100 entry fee per two-angler team. The launch site will be Doiron’s Landing on either side of the levee. The only boundary is south of the launch site. No team can fish south of La. 90. Adam’s Pits, all Doiron’s subdivision canals and Bayou Tranquille are all off limits, as well.

Fishing hours for the tournament are safe light till 3 p.m. Anglers’ rods must be down at 3 p.m. Teams must be in line to weigh by 4 p.m. The first-place team will receive a free entry for the 2017 event (team must remain the same to receive free entry).

Seventy-five percent of all the entry fees will be paid back to the participating anglers. Payout will be based upon participation: $1,000 first place based on 50-boat field, $2,000 first place based on 100-boat field and a $500 first-place big bass prize.

Mail entries no later than July 13 to Ascension Area Anglers, 43141 Earl Bercegeay Road, Gonzales, LA 70737. Make checks payable to Ascension Area Anglers (cash only if registering the morning of the tournament).

Call Ryan Lavigne at (225) 921-9332 or rlavigne12@ yahoo.com for information or a registration form. Food will be provided at the weigh-in for all who attend.

Lyle Johnson covers sports for The Ascension Advocate. He can be contacted at reelman@eatel.net or ascension@theadvocate.com.