The opportunity to play in this weekend’s LHSCA All-Star baseball doubleheader means a variety of things to different players in the event.
For Erath’s Jesse Jordan and Ty Desormeaux of North Vermilion it presents the chance for the former District 6-3A counterparts to bring their longtime friendship to the field one final time in a high school setting.
“He’s awesome,” Desormeaux said of Jordan. “We’ve stayed in contact, and I was excited when I found out he was playing in the game. We always had battles with them. We’re both competitive. Between the lines we were enemies, but outside the lines we’re good friends.”
The Vermilion Parish duo is part of the 25-player West team that faces the East in the first of two games, starting Friday at 7 p.m. at North Park’s A.B. Netterville Field in Denham Springs.
The second game is set for Saturday at 12:15 p.m.
“It’s an honor,” Jordan said. “It shows that a lot of hard work has paid off. I’m proud to have been voted by the coaches from across the state.”
Erath survived a rocky start to district play and scored a 4-3 victory over North Vermilion in their first of two games, pulling to within a game of the Patriots and the league’s lead.
Led by Louisiana-Lafayette signee Donald Comeaux, another member of the West All-Stars, North Vermilion avenged the first defeat with a 6-0 victory and went on to capture the district championship, while Erath settled for second place.
“Our relationship was always fine,” said Jordan, who has signed with Loyola of New Orleans. “We know how to put our friendship aside for a game or two, and we enjoy getting after it. When it’s over with, we’re back to being friends and playing the game hard.”
Jordan and Desormeaux forged their friendship three years ago, when they were infielders for Team Louisiana’s summer travel ball team.
“We got to be really good friends playing together all those summers,” Jordan said. “I know he’s a great player, and I look forward to playing with him.”
The opportunity could present itself in either of this weekend’s games Jordan, a second baseman, and Desormeaux, a shortstop, could form the West’s double-play combination.
“I hope so,” Desormeaux said. “I’d love to turn a couple of those with him.”
Jordan, who started for four years under his father David and earned all-district honors this season, realizes the task ahead for the West coaching staff to try to put together a starting lineup and substitution pattern based off of one practice on Friday.
“It’s all-stars. You know they’ve got to be good players,” Jordan said. “If each player can do his own job at their position, it will bring the team together quicker than you would expect. I’m going to go out and hustle and work hard in practice. I want to show the coaches that with all the talent in this game that I belong.”
Desormeaux was part of a second trip to the Class 3A state quarterfinals in three seasons, helping North Vermilion to a 24-6 record before falling to eventual state champion John Curtis.
Desormeaux, a two-year starter at quarterback, earned first team all-district honors with a .352 batting average, team-high 39 RBIs and committed only four errors in 102 total chances.
“I’m very excited to get picked because it’s a great honor,” Desormeaux said. “I hope to make solid contact and make all the plays that come to me in the time I play. I’m out there to have a good time. Of course, I’d like to win.”