Trent Forshag’s days of playing organized baseball were perhaps coming to a close.
The upcoming American Legion Regional Tournament in Arkansas maybe would have been the last games for the catcher and recent Jesuit graduate.
But a phone call from LSU baseball coach Paul Manieri to Forshag’s father Brett on Monday changed all that. LSU had an available spot on its squad for Forshag to walk on. Forshag was vacationing in Florida when he received the news.
“It was just a crazy couple of hours,” said Forshag, who plays on the Jesuit-based Retif Oil American Legion team. “I was definitely thinking that after regionals or the World Series that it was the end of the road for me. But it just so happened that LSU came along, and it fit like a glove, and here I am.”
He had already enrolled at LSU for fall classes that begin in August.
Forshag’s addition comes after coach Paul Mainieri announced Monday night that infielders Grayson Byrd and Danny Zardon were transferring from LSU, freeing up two roster spots. Forshag was added and so was Akron transfer John Valek, a senior lefty pitcher who will be eligible immediately. LSU is expected to have 37 players on the roster for fall ball and must cut to the NCAA maximum of 35 for the spring.
“I would like to just go in and be a role player,” Forshag said. “If that means making other players better by practicing harder, that will be my role. I’m really going in just wanting to do whatever the team needs me for, especially with it being such a great program.”
Forshag has been an LSU fan his whole life. His father played shortstop for the Tigers and his great uncle, Alton Theard, also played there, who is believed to be the oldest living person to have played at Alex Box Stadium.
Forshag was a three-year starter at catcher for Jesuit. He batted .350 during his senior season for the Catholic League champions.
“They are getting a competitor,” Jesuit coach Joey Latino said. “He is a great practice kid and a great teammate. Everything you say good about a kid you can say about him. He is a good student of the game.”
LSU is well stocked with catchers. Michael Papierski, a highly touted prospect who played some as a freshman last year, is expected to carry much of the work load. Bryce Jordan and incoming LSU-Eunice transfer Jordan Romero are expected to play behind Papierski.
“Right now it’s just about sticking to the process and keeping a level head,” Forshag said. “I know there are going to be guys there better than me, but I have to stick to the process, get the work done and grind it out.”
Ross Dellenger contributed to this report