Jesuit LHSAA Champion Seeks Another State Title When American Legion Tournament Begins Friday | Preparation sports


Many Jesuit baseball players who won a state championship in May will try to win another state title in July.

The U.S. State Legion Baseball tournament is set to begin on Friday, with 10 teams in a double-elimination bracket set to run through Wednesday at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.

The tournament winner will advance to an eight-team regional tournament scheduled for August 4-8 in Pelham, Alabama, with a chance to compete in the American Legion World Series August 12-17 in Shelby, North Carolina.

Jesuit company Retif Oil has an experienced roster that includes four senior graduates – outfielder Tripp Haddad and Hayden Morris, and infielder Giovanni Licciardi and Collin Loupe – among its 18 players. All 18 were part of a team that won the LHSAA Division I State Championship in May.

“It’s been a good summer for us,” said Kenneth Goodlett Jr., coach of the Jesuits and Retif Oil, whose team (13-1-1 in the Legion game) will open the tournament on Friday against Refuel, based. to Shaw.

Not all Legion teams approach the summer season in the same way. Some are using the summer to prepare for the next warm-up season with a focus on player development, leaving its senior graduates off the roster.

Others take a different approach. Teams with senior graduates generally have the best chances of advancement to the 19 and under Legion playoffs.

Gibbs Construction has a full roster of graduate seniors – several from Brother Martin, Holy Cross and Rummel, including District 9-5A Player of the Year Davis Stephens from Holy Cross and all-district outfielder Cameron Senior from Brother. Martin.

Stephens is a UN engagement with graduate Fisher pitcher Trey Usey and Rummel graduate shortstop Jake Cabecerias. The throwers of Holy Cross are Southeast Louisiana engagement Lance Lauve and Loyola-New Orleans engagement Josh Orr.

Shaw graduate pitcher Tyler Nichol returned after his first season at Coppin State.

“This is where it gets really fun, where you get into these Legion tournaments where you have to win it to advance to have a chance to compete and win regionally,” said Gibbs coach Danny Riehm. , whose team has a 23-4. record.

Riehm’s program won state tournaments in 2016, 2017 and 2019, qualifying for the national semi-final in 2019, while East Ascension-based Gautier Amédée won the state title in 2018 and s ‘qualified for the World Series that year.

Retief Oil won the World Series in 2012 and finished second nationally in 2015.

“Our goal is to win a state championship,” said Goodlett. “If we don’t (win), we know our season is over.”

Other local teams in the tournament include Mortgage Gumbo of Lakeshore, TASC of Newman, Malcolm Dienes of Rummel and Townsend Homes Gold of St. Charles.

Crowley and Lafayette teams complete the 10-team slice. Four games are scheduled for Friday. The tournament winner will play between five and seven matches over six days, weather permitting.

American Legion State Tournament

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