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UL coach Matt Deggs adds mix of regional talent with a few from abroad during the November signing period.

UL baseball coach Matt Deggs said he wanted to get back to recruiting the state heavily.

That was accomplished with seven of his 12 recent signings, but the rest of the class certainly wasn’t confined to the region.

The other five came from as far away as West Chester, Pennsylvania, and St. Albans, West Virginia.

“The biggest thing we wanted to do is creating that tie back again to the region,” Deggs said. “I thought (recruiting coordinator) Jake (Wells) did a tremendous job in the recruiting aspect. He was a pit bull on the road and spent countless hours on the recruiting trail, and I appreciate the job that he did.

“Our staff did a great job in getting them all in and organizing. It was a great team effort.”

Another obvious goal was pitching, especially left-handed arms.

The southpaw trio of Ryan Baron of St. Louis in Lake Charles, Gage Bihm of Hinds Junior College via Opelousas Catholic and Steven Cash from Centreville, Alabama, fulfills that goal.

Baron is a 6-foot-3 southpaw that led St. Louis to the state title, and his father Jim spent nine seasons in the minor leagues.

Bihm is a “projectable left-handed pitcher” in Deggs’ mind after an 0-2 freshman season at Hinds.

Cash brings a “history of winning” with a 9-1 record and 1.02 ERA with 125 strikeouts in 61.1 innings as a junior in high school.

The four right-handers include 6-6 Sam Hill from Pearl River Community College, Luke McGibboney from LSU-Eunice via St. Amant High, Brendan Moody from LSUE via Iowa High and 6-5 Luke Yahasz from Sam Houston High.

Hill was a second-team NJCAA All-American after going 4-1 with a 2.48 ERA, striking out 42 in 36.1 innings.

Moody was 0-1 with a 1.54 ERA for the national champion Bengals in Eunice, while McGibboney was 3-0 with a 3.96 ERA for LSUE’s title squad.

Yuhasz was originally a Texas A&M commitment who also played wide receiver at Notre Dame because of hurricane damage in his hometown.

The five hitters include: infielder Lee Amedee from St. Amant High, outfielder Jake McCarter from Pennsylvania, infielder Carson McCoy from West Virginia, outfielder Caleb Stelly from Parkview Baptist in Baton Rouge and catcher Landon Williams from Abilene, Texas.

“Lee is regarded as one of the best left-handed hitters in our state in the 2022 class,” Deggs said.

McCarter played baseball and basketball in high school.

McCoy hit .357 with 45 runs as a junior and was ranked as the No. 1 shortstop in West Virginia by Prep Baseball Report.

Deggs said Stelly, who earned All-State recognition at Parkview Baptist, is “a very special athlete.”

Williams was a member of the 2020 Don Mattingly World Series team.


Email Kevin Foote at kfoote@theadvocate.com.