Brennan Breaud can often be found wakeboarding or fishing on the spillway behind his home in Norco.
But he’s at his best when he’s gliding through the infield instead of over water, reeling in ground balls instead of catfish.
“Yes, I’d like to think I’m better at shortstop,” said Breaud, a Destrehan graduate.
You won’t get any arguments from Destrehan coach Chris Mire.
“He’s one of the best defensive shortstops I have ever seen,” Mire said.
Breaud will get to put his talents on display one last time when he competes in the Louisiana High School Coaches Association All-Star Baseball games at North Park in Denham Springs on Friday and Saturday.
Friday’s game will start at 7 p.m. and Saturday’s game is set for 12:15 p.m.
“It will be pretty cool to play against some of the best players in the state,” Breaud said. “I’m looking forward to it.”
Breaud is coming off a stellar senior season when he batted .410 with six doubles, one triple, a homer and 19 RBIs. He also stole 20 bases and was named Player of the Year in District 7-5A.
“He’s just one of those guys who can do it all,” Mire said. “He’s a great base runner and can fly. He has great instincts. He’s a typical leadoff guy, but he hit in the three hole for us.”
As solid as he was at the plate though, it’s what he does in the field that Mire raves about the most.
Breaud rates his barehanded catch and throw in a game against Zachary this season as one of his most SportsCenter worthy plays.
Mire recalled a similar barehanded catch Breaud made as junior against Hahnville.
He made just four errors all season.
“The main thing is his consistency,” Mire said. “He gets to balls that most people wouldn’t get to and makes a lot of plays look easier than they really are.”
Breaud attributes much of his success to his years of playing travel ball as a kid playing with the Bayou Bandits. In addition to that, he thanks the countless hours he spent taking grounders from Mire.
“I definitely couldn’t have done it without him,” Breaud said. “I took 200 or 300 groundballs a day and that just helped me see the ball coming off the bat.”
Breaud will play next season at Northwest Florida State Community College.
He is one of six players from the New Orleans area playing in the all-star game. He is joined by his Destrehan outfielder Connor Cominita.
Other local players in the game are: Chalmette pitcher Shane Saizan, Mandeville first baseman Harnson Jambon, Mandevillle pitcher Joseph Gennaro and St. Charles catcher Austin Weber.