Randy Zeigler, a pitcher on LSU's 2009 national championship team, is headed back to the mound -- leaving his Bossier Parish sheriff's deputy job on Friday to take a shot a professional baseball.
Zeigler, 26, who landed at the University of Louisiana at Monroe after leaving LSU, will join the Lincoln, Neb., Saltdogs, a farm team for the Chicago White Sox.
Zeigler, who has served 10 months as a corrections officer, thought his pitching days were behind him, he said in a video posted by the Sheriff's Office.
But that was before a White Sox talent scout caught wind of the lefthander's 91-mile-per-hour fastball. A tryout followed, and Zeigler found himself trading in his badge for a baseball.
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Lieutenant Billy Jones says in the video that the department hates to lose Zeigler, but he understands.
"He's a pitcher, he's left handed, and that can take him a long way," Jones said. "If he don't go he'll never know what he could have done. My hat's off to him, I wanna see him do good and chase his dream."
After leaving LSU, Zeigler spent 2010 at Bossier Parish Community College then transferred to the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He returned to Alex Box Stadium in 2012 as UL-Monroe participated in the Baton Rouge Regional of the NCAA baseball Tournament.