The St. Paul’s baseball team entered district play this week, winning their first district game by battling Slidell High School with a team that offers plenty of talent, including three NCAA Division I signees.
“Typically, you don’t have three (players in one year) signing…you’re lucky to have one sign a Division I scholarship. So we’ve got a little talent on the team this year,” said Head Coach Mick Nunez
However, Nunez says that their toughness is the real strength of the team, even more so than their talent .
“I think we’re tougher this year than we were last year,” said Nunez, “I think that’s the strength of this year’s team. We can pitch well again; we can swing the bat a little bit, but we’ve been soft the past few years, and I don’t see that this year.”
The Wolves began district 6-5A play with a 4-2 victory on Tuesday, March 18, against Slidell at Heap Field.
The Wolves began the season having lost eight seniors who were a part of the 2013 team that shared the district title with Covington. But many players have stepped up to fill the roles left by them, according to Nunez, including Hansome Monica, Tyler St. Philip, and Sean Lavin, among others.
“Sean Lavin’s a big surprise. He’s really stepped his game up and is doing well. Carlo Graffeo and Marc Gremillion are doing really well pitching for us right now,” said Nunez.
The Baseball Wolves face their next opponent on Tuesday, March 25, at Hammond High School. Their next home game will be against the Mandeville High School Skippers on Thursday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m.
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