The 2017 TAPPS Division I state champion baseball team finally got its long-awaited ceremony. It came before St. Thomas’ varsity basketball game against Houston Christian on Friday.
“It felt nice going out on the court, being in front of everyone, and getting recognized,” said Texas commit and returning senior pitcher Owen Meaney. “It was something we looked forward to, and it was something that we wanted at the start of the season.”
According to head coach Ryan Lousteau, Christmas Break was the perfect time to host the event because seniors from last year’s squad could be celebrated with returning players and coaches. They were all a part of history, winning the program’s 24th state title, and the school’s 101st in athletics, and didn’t want to miss the occasion.
“I’m glad they all came out to join us,” said Meaney. “It was nice to see their faces again, and have a team reunion.”
The Eagles have the pieces in place to win back-to-back state titles for the first time since their 2010-2011 run, and earn consecutive crowns for the 13th time in program history. It starts with the seniors that Lousteau calls “The Big Three.” Meaney’s one of the senior college baseball commits, along with Louisiana Tech’s Philip Matulia and Johns Hopkins’ John Griffin.
“Being the catcher, I gotta assume the captain role on the field,” said Matulia. “And obviously in the lineup, I need to produce there in the middle of the order.”
Along with the terrific trio, there’s a number of new players who are expected to contribute.
“There’s some fresh faces,” said Lousteau. “Some guys who were not a part of the state championship, who are going to be battling to get there, and do that. So, you don’t really get that complacency.”
The biggest addition is 2019 centerfielder and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi commit Brody Logsdon, who transferred from Huffman Hargrave.
“I haven’t seen the kid play,” Lousteau said. “I’ve heard a many good things about him, and he definitely looks the part. Will be the tallest kid, so we’ll probably make him get off the bus first. Intimidation factor.”
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