The LHSAA crowned its baseball state champions last week. On Sunday, a group of seniors will get to represent their schools one last time in the LHSCA/LBCA East vs. West All-Star games
Games begin at 3 p.m. for the doubleheader at the Louisiana-Lafayette’s M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field.
“This is what high school baseball is all about,” East coach Brad Bass of Catholic High said. “These guys are all friends for the most part. They grew up playing with each other in summer leagues, and it’ll be fun to get them together for one last high school game. Some of them will know each other and some will be meeting for the first time, but the great thing about sports is that it’s the greatest equalizer among people in the entire world.”
The games were originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday at North Park in Denham Springs. The potential for weather issues prompted the move UL-Lafayette.
The Baton Rouge area touts 11 players in the all-star game and two of the three coaches on the East staff.
Bass has never coached in the game but looks forward to working with now former Bears Josh Smith, an LSU signee, and Brian Fairbanks.
“For me to have our two Catholic kids is like being a proud parent,” Bass said. “Watching your kids go out and have some success in their high school season and then go on and do bigger and better things, for me, is like being a proud parent.”
Bass said he was most excited to get to coach players Catholic played against this season and to see what could be the future of college baseball for some players.
St. Michael first baseman Michael Smith, a BRCC signee, and Runnels shortstop Johnny Johnson, an LSU Eunice signee, also are part of the group.
Other area players on the East squad include Austin McInnis of East Ascension, Cameron Guillot of Lutcher, Chaz Scivicque of Maurepas, Keenan Granger of Southern Lab and PJ Cannon of Zachary.
The only area players on the West team are Brusly’s pitching duo of Tod Gauthe and Evan Daigle, who will be coached by St. Thomas More coach Gary Perkins. Like Bass, this is Perkins’ first time coaching the LHSCA games, and he said the move to UL-Lafayette is one the players will like.
“I think the kids are going to be all fired up about getting to play at a college field,” Perkins said. “There’s so much going on in these kids’ lives right now with graduation and so forth. I think Sunday is going to be a real good day of closing the rugged routine and trying to close out and graduate.”