Armadillo A team takes part in Dizzy Dean World Series in Mississippi

Tryve Brackin
ARMADILLIO’S GATHER…Gathering before a recent Armadillo A St. John varsity summer Metro League baseball game are: from left, Morgan Booksh (21), Chris Bordelon, unidentifiable player, J. J. Holmes (17), unidentifiable player, Seth Gulotta (11), Trevor Curry, and Dakota Richard (6). The varsity A club ends its season at home this evening (Thursday) against Woodlawn High.

St. John’s summer varsity baseball team, the Armadillo A club, went to Columbus, Miss in recent days to take part in a Dizzy Dean World Series Tournament.

“I thought we played very good baseball, but lost all three of our games. We played Mississippi teams in Class 6-A (which Louisiana does not have), 5-A, and 4-A. One of our varsity pitchers, Chris Bordelon, and our varsity catcher Dakota Richard did not make the trip and that hurt our chances. Still we hung in there against schools in higher classifications,” noted Coach Heath Whittington.

The three losses dipped the Armadillo A club to 11-4-1 for the summer, but two of the three games were by one run and the third was a scoring duel.

“The 13-6 game was against Columbus and by then we had run out of pitching. We had the lead at one point,” noted the Armadillo mentor.

Class 4-A Zachary High from the BR area won the tournament title. “They have lots of pitching,” noted Whittington.

The Armadillo coach said shortstop Trevor Curry, third sacker Kaleb Campesi, and first baseman Seth Gulotta led the way at the plate in the tourney with multiple hits.

He said Morgan Booksh and Hunter Schnebelen turned solid innings of work on the mound. Schnebelen allowed only two hits over six and a third innings of work in one of the tourney outings.