Coach Achord places high expectations on young team

The West Feliciana Saints baseball team struggled in the Ross Granger Prep Classic held at Erath the last weekend of February.

The Saints lost to Catholic High School of New Iberia (4-0), Notre Dame (8-2), and a score fest against Acadiana (16-15). Some early scars are anticipated to result in tougher skin for a younger team that includes 15 freshmen on the 30-man roster.

Coach Gannon Achord expressed his optimism for the youth movement when he noted that, “even though we are extremely excited about the future, we’ve still got high expectations for this season.” The hope is that early season games will prepare the growing team for district and the playoffs.

Peyton Lamartiniere provided a solid pitching performance on Feb. 27 to give the Saints a win over Doyle and end the losing streak. On March 1, the Saints played their opening round game of the Episcopal tournament with a tough draw against 4A Parkview, a quarterfinalist last year in the Division II playoffs, at Parkview. Another learning experience for the Saints as senior starting pitcher Dalton Coe and the Saints lost 11-1. Saturday’s action in the Episcopal tournament saw the Saints lose to Cecilia (3-1) but finished the weekend off with a strong finish defeating Belle Chase (15-8). Chandler Wunstel provided a 2-run home run to lead the Saints who had multiple hits from five other hitters.

The cupboard is not bare in St. Francisville. Five returning starters (Hayden Charlet, T.J. Curtis, Chandler Wunstel, Hunter Giroir and Peyton LaMartiniere) provide a nucleus from last year’s state playoff team.

“We feel that we have an experienced core group of guys that we will rely on for leadership throughout the season. If those guys continue to lead on and off the field, things will work out," the coach said.

Hayden Charlet has committed to play baseball next year at Spring Hill.

After a tough start to the season Achord’s message to the players is clear, “don’t whine and play the victim card because things haven’t gone our way. The teams and players getting all the breaks are the ones outworking everyone else.”

The Saints baseball schedule this weekend finds the team at the Marucci Classic where it will play Vanderbilt Catholic at Dunham on Friday, and Episcopal and Rayne at Episcopal on Saturday.

Saints get their rings

At a ceremony during the first home baseball game last month, the 2017 Class 3A State Football Champion West Feliciana Saints players, coaching staff and support personnel received their State Championship rings. The rings are the final component of the most successful season in West Feliciana football history and a crowning achievement for a team that persevered through a grueling schedule, injuries and falling just short the previous two years.

West, East Feliciana boys basketball seasons end in LHSAA playoffs

The West Feliciana Saints boys basketball team came into the LHSAA Class 4A basketball playoffs as a 32 seed, which found them on the road during the first round against the No. 1 seed Madison Prep Chargers (26-9). The Chargers were just too much for the Saints winning 97-62 and advancing.

The East Feliciana Eagles, who last week won their first home playoff game, went on the road in the second round and fell to No. 4 seed Red River 68-55.

Warren Brady covers sports for The Watchman and Democrat. He can be contacted at extra@theadvocate.com.