Hahnville-based Otto Candies won the American Legion Southeast Regional championship with a 4-2 win over Shaw-based Refuel late Wednesday night at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
Otto Candies (17-6-1), Brother Martin-based Peake BMW, Refuel and Rummel-based Deanie’s Seafood qualified for the state tournament by finishing in the top four at the regional tournament.
Jesuit-based Retif Oil qualified since it is the host. The tournament is July 19-23 at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
For Otto Candies coach David Baudry, one of his team’s strengths was starting pitcher Tyler Lamers.
“He gave his all, and that’s the kind of competitor he is and has always been,” Baudry said.
“He has a lot of pride in what he does in his team. It’s important to him.”
The Otto Candies offense gave Lamers the run support he needed.
Chase Bagot had an RBI single in the third inning to score Todd Porche for a 2-0 lead.
They scored again in the fourth when Dylan Keller scored to drive in Lamers.
In the sixth inning, Porche led off with a triple and a Bagot walk loaded the bases with one out. Bradley Aucoin reached on a walk to score Porche.
For Refuel coach Kirk Bulllinger, a close game like Wednesday’s was an achievement.
“I think anytime you get a 4-2 game in Game 14 of a tournament, I think it says a lot about the pitching staff of each team,” Bullinger said. “It tells you a lot about the players themselves, the passion they have for the game, just the ability to stay focused for as long as we had to today.
Kirk Merritt wins SPARQ title
Make it back-to-back SPARQ titles for the New Orleans area.
Destrehan receiver Kirk Merritt won the SPARQ national championship at “The Opening,” an elite invite-only camp held at Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, on Tuesday.
Merritt won the event before a national television audience on ESPNU.
Former Karr standout Devante “Speedy” Noil, now at Texas A&M, won the event last season.
SPARQ testing measures a player’s skill set in four drills: vertical leap, shuttle run, kneeling power ball toss and 40-yard dash.
“Kirk’s a special player and he represents us well,” said Destrehan coach Stephen Robicheaux. “To be able to win a national challenge like that is impressive. We have a good prorgam and a good foundation, but you also have to credit hom for putting in the hard work on his own.”
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Merritt finished with a composite score of 148.83.
“We knew he had an outside shot if he just had to run the 40 in a decent time.,” Robicheaux said. “And he did. When he needs to get it done , he gets it done. He is an unbelievable kid who constantly works hard.”
It was the third time in four years a player from Louisiana won the event. Former Dutchtown star Landon Collins, now playing safety at Alabama, won it in 2011.
Merritt has not committed to a college yet, but will be one the most coveted recruits in the area this season.
“When he’s asked about a Top 5 he talks about Oregon, Texas A&M, LSU, Alabama and Auburn, but whether it stays that way or not we’ll have to see,” Robicheaux said. “He’s been recruited as a receiver. He’s been recruite das a running back. He’s been recruited as a safety. I can’t say enough about Kirk. He’s just a class act and an A and B student.”
Six local juniors make list
Signing Day for the Class of 2016 is still more than a year and a half away, but there looks to be plenty promising prospects in this year’s junior class in Louisiana.
Nineteen players from Louisiana, including six from the New Orleans area, are ranked in ESPN’s Top 300 Players in the Class of 2016, released Monday.
Hammond’s Edwin Alexander, an LSU commitment, leads the list of upcoming juniors at the No. 10 spot.
Players from the New Orleans area who made the list, with their rankings in parentheses, are: (50) John Curtis OT Willie Allen; (59) John Ehret LB Michael Divinity; (91) Rummel CB Kristian Fulton; (132) Warren Easton WR Kelejawn Leflore; (151) Destrehan DT Glen Logan; (161) Holy Cross RB Tre Turner; and (216) Shaw RB Trey Ragas.
See Rod Walker’s blog at www.blogs.theadvocate.com for complete list of Louisiana players.
John Curtis Golf outing
John Curtis will hold its 23rd annual alumni golf tournament on July 25 at Lakewood Golf Club. Lunch will be served at noon with players teeing off at 1 p.m.