Marucci baseball team wins national tournament

A Marucci 17-and-under team that featured 13 baseball players from Louisiana high schools won the Perfect Game 17-and-under Super 25 National Championship late last month.

E.D. White’s Shane Trosclair coached the team that compiled a 27-4 reecord over the summer.

Baton Rouge area players who competed at the Super 25 tourney in Phoenix were Live Oak High’s Lenni Kunert, St. Michael the Archangel’s Chris Reid, University’s Jake Wharton and Zachary’s Evan Pace.

U-High’s Manny Miles and Catholic’s Ross Massey also were part of the team but did not travel to Phoenix.

Acadiana area players on the squad were St. Thomas More’s O’Neal Lochridge, Hogan Harris and Brennan Breaux, along with Lafayette’s Antoine Duplantis. Kinder’ Dylon Poncho and Zach Rider and Captain Shreve’s Bryant Bowen were the other Louisiana players on the squad.

“We had a great group of guys who bought into playing as a team,” Trosclair said. “There are a lot of showcase teams who aren’t like that.”

Rules clinics begin

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association begins a series of football rules clinics this week that will start at 7 p.m. at various sites around the state.

LHSAA assistant executive director Keith Alexander will conduct clinics Monday at Ruston High, Tuesday at Pineville High and Wednesday at Jennings High.

The Baton Rouge clinic is set for Aug. 18, at the LHSAA office. East Jefferson High (Aug. 19) and Mandeville High (Aug. 21) are the other regularly scheduled clinics.

Alexander also will host a makeup clinic at the LHSAA office at 3 p.m. Aug. 25.

Jamboree schedules

The Advocate sports staff seeks football and volleyball jamboree schedules.

Submit jamboree schedules to Robin Fambrough by fax at (225) 388-0318 or email rfambrough@theadvocate.com.

Football jamboree schedules should include the date, game times and format, as in whether teams will play two 12-minute halves, etc. Volleyball jamboree schedules should include the date, game-by-game schedule and format, as in one 15-point game, etc.

Recruting, etc.

Zachary High pitcher Cory Musselman (Northwestern State) and Denham Springs outfielder/pitcher Travis Swaggerty (South Alabama) committed to colleges last week.

Swaggerty was an All-Metro choice as a junior after hitting .468 and finishing 2-0 on the mound. He played for a Marucci team this summer and made the all-tournament team at the World Wood Bat Championships. Musselman was 7-2 with a 1.58 earned run average in 53 innings last spring as a junior.

Three Livonia High players have picked up football scholarship offers in the preseason, coach Guy Mistretta said.

Linebacker Bryce Jones has offers from Southern Mississippi and Houston. Receiver Stephen Guidry has offers from Western Kentucky and Houston. Rover/linebacker Malcolm Dedrick also has an offer from Southern Mississippi.

Book signing

Former coach Barrett Murphy is set for two book signings after the release of his book, “Barefoot, Bloodied and Bruised: The History of Six-Man Football in Louisiana.”

The first signing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Claitor’s Law Books, 3653 Perkins Rd. The second at the Louisiana Archives, located at 3851 Essen Lane, is set for 10 a.m. Oct. 16. The book can be purchased at Claitor’s and Cottonwood Books, 3054 Perkins Rd.

Prep notables

Ex-Scotlandville High football standout Korey Lindsey signed with the Dallas Cowboys last Tuesday and played in a preseason game Thursday night. Lindsey, a former Southern Illinois standout, went to training camp with the Saints.

Former Catholic High and Newman boys basketball coach Kemper Todd is the new boys basketball coach at St. Charles Catholic.

Compiled by Robin Fambrough