Even though the records don’t count officially, Baton Rouge Community College’s L.J. Dupuy and Stephanie Zellner are both pleased with the outcomes of their respective fall seasons.
Dupuy’s BRCC baseball squad completed its fall intrasquad series on Saturday. In games against other schools, the Bears compiled a 14-5 record.
Meanwhile, Zellner’s fall prep for what will be BRCC’s first spring softball season ended with a record of 11-8-1, including wins in eight of the team’s last nine games.
“We did really well pitchingwise … that was key,” Dupuy said. “The wins don’t count, but we were able to beat some pretty good teams.
“The pitching, especially by some of the left-handers we picked up, made a difference. And we also hit the ball well. I really believe this team will have chance at going to the (JUCO) World Series if they can continue to improve.”
Dupuy had a total of 72 players come out for the BRCC baseball squad this fall. Among the top pitchers for the Bears were sophomore Jesse Buratt, a former Dutchtown High standout, and several freshmen.
The freshmen pitchers who made their marks were former St. Charles Catholic player Jared Keating, ex-Catholic High player Jacob Knox, two former St. Michael players — James Fontenot and Alex Smith — along with Parkview’s Jeremy Marshall, Kelby Blalock of Central and Denham Springs’ Cade Butler.
Buratt, who also plays third base, first baseman Taylor Stagg, of Airline High, and former Oak Hill player, Jamie Rachal, a shortstop, were the Bears’ top hitters.
Among the high points for Zellner’s 17-member softball squad were wins over Mississippi-based Belhaven College, a third-place NAIA finisher last spring, and Southern University.
Pitchers Haley Grantham, of Holden, and Paige Fink, a former Jena standout, led the Bears. Two transfers, shortstop Allie Smith (Southeastern) and Kelci Couvillion (LSU-Eunice) were among the offensive leaders along with former North Vermilion player Stephanie Picard.
“We made a lot of progress,” Zellner said. “We got good leadership from our transfers. And the freshman showed they have a lot of ability.”