Andy Galy and Brett Forshag didn’t get to hoist a state championship in their playing days at Jesuit in the early 1980s.
But the lifelong best friends will get a chance to do the next best thing this weekend: Sit in the stands at Field 41 at McMurry Park in Sulphur and cheer on their sons Alex and Trent.
Alex plays shortstop for Jesuit. Trent plays catcher.
Both are juniors and key parts of a Jesuit team that plays Live Oak in the Class 5A semifinals at 4 p.m. Friday.
A win Friday would put the Blue Jays in Saturday’s championship game against the winner of the Barbe-St. Amant semifinal game.
“You know that old saying that you kind of live through your son,” Andy Galy said. “Championships are very difficult to come by. For him to get that would be pretty amazing.”
Andy and Brett, Jesuit Class of ’84, played on a Jesuit team that was good enough to win a state title but didn’t even qualify for the playoffs under the old format despite a 21-4 record.
“For the last 30 years, Andy and I have talked about that,” Forshag said. “So to see our sons be able to play in the state tournament and play for the big ring is special. This is any high school kids dreams.”
Alex and Trent are living that dream.
Alex is batting .367 with 11 doubles and 26 RBIs for the Blue Jays. Trent is batting .290 with eight doubles and 30 RBIs.
Just like their dads, they grew up playing baseball together.
And they also grew up hearing all about Jesuit’s rich baseball tradition. The school has won 20 state championships and has played in the title game 29 times.
“That’s the standard we try to live up to,” said the younger Forshag. “Playing at Jesuit is about playing the game the right way, playing hard. My dad really taught me the values of playing hard and respecting the game.”
Galy got the same message from his dad.
“I talk to my dad about the tradition all the time,” said Galy, the Blue Jays’ No. 2 hole hitter. “They always had great teams when he played, and they just never could get it (state title). We have a solid group this year too so I am just hoping we can do it.”
Joey Latino, in his fourth season at Jesuit, said having fathers who were Jesuit alums has helped the two juniors in their leadership skills.
“Alex is a very smart player who is still coming into his own,” Latino said. “He brings a spark to the team, not just in terms of his play. He has the type of personality that kids rally around.
“Obviously with his dad having played here, he understands the Jesuit tradition and legacy. You can see it him and Trent because they grew up hearing this from their own fathers about what it’s like playing at Jesuit and wearing the pinstripes. You can see that there is something in those players.”
Forshag’s leadership style is a bit different.
“They have two different personalities,” Latino said. “Trent is very much the quiet leader. He is not the ‘rah-rah’ guy. He just leads by his play. He is going to sprint everywhere, on and off the field. He is going to run out every ground ball as hard as he can. He knows how to handle our pitchers. But like Alex, he has that deep understanding of what Jesuit baseball means, and I think that adds to the leadership he brings.”
They grew up as teammates, coached by their dads, who were former teammates and roommates at LSU.
Both grew up going to Jesuit baseball games with their dads.
And both have surpassed their fathers in their skills.
“Trent definitely hits better than me,” said Forshag.
Galy takes it further when asked to compare himself to his son.
“He hits better, he runs better and he fields better than me,” said Andy Galy, a former second baseman at LSU. “He is just better in all aspects of the game.”
But now they would like to see their sons pass them up as a team as well and do something they didn’t do: win a state title.
“Andy and I always dreamed that they would be good enough to play at Jesuit,” Forshag said. “We’ve been best friends forever, so I can’t even describe how great it feels to be on the doorsteps of something big like this.”