CHAD McNEIL, ST. CHARLES CATHOLIC
MARK WISNIEWSKI, BROTHER MARTIN
Coach of the Year
J.P. FRANCE, ARCHBISHOP SHAW
JACOB SEWARD, BROTHER MARTIN
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.
Pitcher Tyler Zamjahn Brother
Pitcher Cody Migliore Jesuit
Catcher Cody Ducote Brother
Catcher Handsome Monica St. Paul’s
Infielder Brandon Zimmer St. Charles
Infielder Dylan Weston Jesuit
Infielder Mike Hess Abp.
Infielder Ross Budinski Abp.
Outfielder Jacob Seward Brother
Outfielder Christian Commander St. Paul’s
Outfielder Mitch Alexander Jesuit
Outfielder Brandon Herrera Holy Cross
Des. Hitter Blaise Brown St.
Des. Hitter Greg Deichmann Brother
Utility Barrett Juneau De La
Utility Chad McNeil St. Charles
Utility Jace Nini Abp. Shaw
Utility Christian Grace Pope John
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