The 2013 Clarion Herald Elite Baseball Team

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CHAD McNEIL, ST. CHARLES CATHOLIC
Outstanding Player

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MARK WISNIEWSKI, BROTHER MARTIN
Coach of the Year

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J.P. FRANCE, ARCHBISHOP SHAW
Outstanding Pitcher

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JACOB SEWARD, BROTHER MARTIN
Outstanding Player

Cream of the baseball crop honored for their achievements

    In a district in which Jesuit and Archbishop Rummel’s baseball teams have dominated in recent years, Brother Martin had its breakthrough  season in 2013, winning a record 30 games, sweeping its District 9-5A schedule and making it to the Class 5A championship tournament.
    The Crusaders were by far the best of the local baseball crop, behind the coaching of 17-year veteran Mark Wisniewski and the on-field leadership of seniors Jacob Seward, Cody Ducote, Greg Deichmann and Tyler Zamjahn.
    It wasn’t to be a banner year for the soon-to-be reunited Catholic League teams, but every school in the Archdiocese of New Orleans had talent that is honored by the Clarion Herald on its Elite Baseball Team.
    The top honorees include:        
    Seward, an outfielder who led the Crusaders’ drive through the state playoffs and carried a .410 batting average.
    He wasn’t the Crusaders’ No. 1 hitter. That accolade went to catcher Cody Ducote,  a four-year starter who averaged .455 and led the district in  RBI with 41. But the district coaches gave Seward the nod as their outstanding player.
    St. Charles Catholic’s versatile senior Chad McNeil was as outstanding on the mound (an 8-1 pitching record) as he was as a slugging first baseman. McNeil, who batted .359, was one of the most feared batters in Class 3A.
    Coach Kirk Bullinger led Archbishop Shaw to the District 9-4A championships in his first season, and the ace he used as his trump card was senior pitcher J.P. France.
    The Tulane signee was by far the most dominant man on the mound. His numbers are staggering:
    ➤ 113 batters struck out;       
    ➤ An earned run average of .037;
    ➤ A 7-1 record, pitching against the top Catholic schools in non-district play;
    ➤ Two complete games in which he struck out 17 batters and had a strikeout average of 12  Ks per game.
    ➤ An opponents’ batting average of .136.
    Holy Cross completed an outstanding season by first, winning the Division II state wrestling championship and capping the school year by
claiming the District 10-4A baseball title.
    The Tigers’ Elite Team honorees are District 10-4A MVP Brandon Herrera, a .459 batter, and Ryan Taylor, selected as a utility player.   
    District 10-3A champion De La Salle also produced a district MVP in senior catcher Barrett Juneau (.455), also selected as a uility player on the Elite Team.
    And St. Augustine had one of its finest seasons in recent years, posting a 12-9 record. The Purple Knights were led by junior Blaise Brown, who was the metro area’s top hitter with a .522 batting average.

The 2013 Elite Baseball Team

    Position           Name                           School  
    Pitcher            J.P. France                   Abp. Shaw
    Pitcher            Connor McWilliams      Abp.
                                                                  Rummel
    Pitcher            Tyler Zamjahn              Brother
                                                                  Martin
    Pitcher            Cody Migliore              Jesuit
    Catcher          Cody Ducote                Brother
                                                                 Martin
    Catcher          Handsome Monica       St. Paul’s
    Infielder          Brandon Zimmer          St. Charles
                                                                 Catholic
    Infielder          Dylan Weston              Jesuit
    Infielder          Mike Hess                   Abp.
                                                                Hannan
    Infielder          Ross Budinski             Abp.
                                                                Rummel
    Outfielder       Jacob Seward             Brother
                                                                Martin
    Outfielder       Christian Commander St. Paul’s
    Outfielder       Mitch Alexander          Jesuit
    Outfielder       Brandon Herrera         Holy Cross
    Des. Hitter     Blaise Brown               St.
                                                                Augustine
    Des. Hitter     Greg Deichmann         Brother
                                                                Martin
    Utility             Barrett Juneau             De La
                                                                Salle
    Utility             Chad McNeil                St. Charles
                                                                Catholic
    Utility             Jace Nini                     Abp. Shaw
    Utility             Christian Grace           Pope John
                                                                Paul II
    Utility             Ryan Taylor                 Holy Cross
   
Outstanding Pitcher – J.P. France, Archbishop Shaw
Outstanding Players – Chad McNeil, St. Charles Catholic; Jacob Seward, Brother Martin
Coach of the Year – Mark Wisniewski, Brother Martin

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