Crusader Baseball - 3
Legion No-Hitter
Lou Comeaux
Lou Comeaux
On Thursday, June 20, 1957, Lou Comeaux hurled a no-hitter for the St. Aloysius-based Coca-Cola Legion team over Russell's Ice Cream (Holy Cross) at Perry Roehm Park in Gentilly.
  • Comeaux walked three and hit one.
  • Double plays erased three of the four men who reached first.
  • The Cokes plated one in the third and two in the fourth to give Lou all the cushion he needed.

Coach Andy Douglass's Coca-Cola lineup that night:

Player
AB
H
R
RBI
George Oeschner CF
3
2
2
1
Sturges Ducoing SS
3
1
0
1
Norman Regouffre 2B
3
0
0
0
Robert Foret C
3
0
0
0
Robert Powell 3B
3
2
0
0
Louis Comeaux P
3
0
0
0
Robert Hebert RF
3
1
1
0
Jerome Rossi 1B
3
0
0
0
Nicholas Bonura LF
3
1
0
0
Sturges Ducoing
Sturges Ducoing
Stop for State, Then Finish Prep
The 1953 baseball season ended in a strange way.
  • The nine schools in the Prep league played a complete round-robin. M. L. Lagarde's first squad after succeeding Johnny Altobello went 7-1, losing only to Holy Cross, 3-1 in extra innings.
  • The top four teams then played a round robin among themselves to determine the league championship.
  • The Saints began the playoff on May 8 by defeating Monk Clavier's Fortier Tarpons 5-3. Junior righty Chubby Marks got the win as SA broke the contest open in the sixth inning on a two-run squeeze by Bobby Skrokov. Billy Grush scored from third on the bunt and Bobby Stechmann from second on a poor throw to first by the P.

Play then stopped for the "state rally" at LSU, which included tennis, golf, volleyball, and softball in addition to baseball. Holy Cross and St. Aloysius were the only New Orleans participants.

  • Friday, May 15: Marks toed the slab against Ouachita in a quarterfinal game. He pitched hitless ball for four innings, but Kenneth Brown matched him goose egg for goose egg.
  • In the fifth, the Lions parlayed a single, a steal, a pop out, a walk, and a single to score the first run. Then a double steal plated a second tally as the runner from first was thrown out at second.
  • Marks pitched a three-hitter, but Brown did also to eliminate the Crusaders 2-0.
  • Holy Cross defeated Baton Rouge 11-0. Then two days of rain postponed the semifinals to the following Saturday.

Meanwhile, back in New Orleans, the prep league playoff resumed.

  • Wednesday, May 20: Lagarde's crew belted Redemptorist 12-2 in a game called after seven by mutual agreement of the coaches. Joe Murray coasted to his fourth victory supported by 19 hits.
  • Saturday, May 23: Holy Cross lost to Catholic High 3-0 in the state semifinals. The Bears then edged Ouachita 2-0 for the state championship.
  • The next day, the Tigers took out their frustration on the Crusaders 15-1 for the Prep championship. They clobbered Marks for nine runs in the first two innings at Roehm Park.

The Saints were well represented on the Times Picayune's All-Prep team.

  • Marks (5-1), C Gaspar Abene (.378), 2B Ronnie Abel (.267), SS Stechmann (.405), and OF Bobby Arnoult (.333) all made the first team.
  • 3B Don Summerhalter and utility man Skrokov made the second team.
  • OF Boogie Murret earned third team honors.
Chubby Marks
Chubby Marks

Joe Murray
Joe Murray

Legion District Champs Three Straight Years
After ten years of Wendy's sponsorship (producing a 145-83-5 record for a .636 winning %), the 1993 Brother Martin American Legion team was sponsored by the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel thanks to its GM Gary Froeba ('71).
  • '92 grads Trinity Bivalacqua, Kerry McSpaddin, and Robbie Martinez returned from a year of college ball to join the summer lineup.
  • Barry Hebert's boys captured the First District City Series title for the third consecutive year to advance to Southeast Regional Tournament.
  • Three players made the all-district team: McSpaddin, Bivalacqua, and Matt Massey ('93).
  • Omni bounced back from a10-0 loss to Post 307 (De La Salle) to capture four straight: Branderek (St. Aug.) 7-3, Retif Oil (Jesuit) 4-3, and a DH sweep of Post 307 6-2 and 8-6.
  • The victories propelled Omni into the state playoffs.
Legion Champs 1993
District Champs 1991
Larry Moore
Larry Moore

P Eric Berthelot
Eric Berthelot

Barry Hebert ('74) took over the baseball program again in 1991 after a gap of three years. He was assisted by Mark Wisniewski ('81).
  • The Crusaders went 6-4 in pre-district.
  • With a 5-1 record in the first round of district play, the Saders found themselves in a three-way for first. With Rummel drawing the bye, BM edged Jesuit 2-1 in eight innings as a Blue Jay error allowed junior Kerry McSpaddin to score the trying run. Then senior Larry Moore's solo HR won the game.
  • The second playoff game against the Raiders also went extra innings. Junior Eric Berthelot pitched all 14 innings until junior Jeff Lupo hit a grand slam for the 7-3 win.
  • The second round produced only a 2-4 record. So the Crusaders had to play Rummel, the second round champ, for the district crown. Down 7-5 in the seventh, BM benefitted from two Raider errors with the bases loaded to pull out an 8-7 win.
  • Warren Easton fell 15-4 in the first round of the state playoffs. However, the Chalmette Owls eliminated the Saders 5-1.
  • Junior Joey DiSalvo led Martin with a .379 average. Another junior, Eric Dietrick, went a perfect 7-0 on the mound with a 2.74 ERA.
1991 District Baseball Champions
A Decade Is a Long Time
Blair Barbier 1994
The '94 Crusader diamondmen defeated Jesuit 7-6 at Miley Park April 14. Why do we mention this?
  • The victory was the first over the Blue Jays in a regular round in ten years.
  • Sophomore Blair Barbier's HR in the top of the 11th proved to be the winning blow in the four-hour thriller.

Barry Hebert ('74), in his second stint as head coach, piloted BM to a 4-10 record in District 7-5A.

  • The outstanding performances on the club came from the Super Sophomores:
    • SS Barbier, who hit .403 and drove in 15.
    • P David Miller, who hit .311 as the DH and had three victories and 40K, including 11 against Rummel March 17.
    • C Tommy Donelon started slowly at the plate but improved as the season went along, hitting well over .400 in the second round in addition to throwing out more than half the baserunners attempting to steal.
  • Another youngster who contributed was freshman Jeff Schmidtke, who started at 3B throughout the year.
The Super Sophomores became Super Seniors two years later when the Saders captured the state championship.
P David Miller
David Miller
State Legion Champs

Coming off the prep state championship in 1954, the Aloysius-based Coca Cola American Legion team swept through local play with an 16-1 record.

  • The Cokes beat Catholic High-based E. J. Gonzales of Baton Rouge two straight, 5-4 and 12-1, to win the Southeast Louisiana championship.
  • Next up was the South Louisiana Legion Championship. The Cokes' opponent in the best-of-three series was H. O. Roy Shell from Lafayette which sported a 21-5 mark.

After two days of rain, the series finally began in Lafayette.

  • Coke right-hander Bobby Folse outdueled Gene Bacque, who came in riding a 10-game winning streak, 4-1. M. L. Lagarde's team now had to win just one of the two remaining games, both at Perry Roehm Park in New Orleans.
  • Trailing 3-1 two innings from elimination, Roy broke through with a three-spot against Marshall Piper in the top of the 6th. Bacque, pitching with four days rest, held on to force the deciding third game.
  • Bacque took the hill again for the rubber game but gave up 8 runs in 5 2/3 innings as the Cokes won 9-4 behind Folse. With the score 3-3 in the fifth, Bobby, who hit .548 in the regular season campaign, singled in the go-ahead run as part of a 5-run inning.
  • The victory marked the 28th consecutive year that a New Orleans team had won the South Louisiana Legion title.
Coca Cola defeated Natchitoches 2-0 and 25-3 to earn Louisiana's berth in the Region 6 tournament in Austin TX.
Coca Cola Legion Team 1954
Hitting and Pitching Leader
Harry Mayeux
Harry Mayeux
Junior Harry Mayeux had a remarkable 2002 baseball season.
  • Harry led the Crusaders in HR, RBI, and R.
  • He hit .426 but didn't rank first on the team. That honor went to senior Sammy Trapani with .455.
  • What made Harry's season special was that he also led the team with an 8-3 record and was tops in innings pitched and strikeouts.

Needless to say, Mayeux won significant awards.

  • Leading Pitcher and Most Valuable Player at the Springs Sports Convocation.
  • Times-Picayune All-District team along with teammate Bryan Frichter, also a junior.

Mark Wisniewski's Crusaders finished 21-11. They made the state playoffs for the first time since the 1995 state champions but lost to Destrehan 6-3 in the opening round.

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Metro Champs
Steven Wilbourn
Steven Wilbourn tags out De La Salle runner.

For the second straight year, Brother Martin'™s entry in the 1988 summer Metro Baseball League captured the championship with a 9-4-1 record.

  • The team was coached by Crusader head baseball coach Scott Murphy.
  • The leaders were rising seniors Philip Wilbourn, Ray Brouillette, and Steve Saucier and rising juniors Mark and Mike LeBlanc.
  • Stan Stopa ('70) Pro Shop, with assistance by A. J. Talamo ('˜63A), sponsored the team.

These players would help the varsity win the 1989 District 11-AAAA Tournament and make the state playoffs.

Ray Brouillette
Ray Brouillette
Upset-Minded
Brian DeJean
Brian DeJean

Darrin Gilcrease

Mark Wisniewski's young 2001 Crusader baseball team, with ten sophomores on the roster, finished with only a 12-19 record, including 4-8 in district. But the season produced some sterling victories.

  • In the preseason, the Saders won first place in the Grace King Tournament, defeating the host school 9-2, East Jefferson 6-5, and West Jefferson 14-1..
  • The 10-0 romp over East St. John featured a combined no-hitter by Mike Belanger and Sammy Trapani.
  • During the second round of district play, the pitching of Brian DeJean and the bats of DeJean and Harry Mayeux sparked an upset of Shaw 4-3 to knock the Eagles out of first place.
  • Six days later, nationally-ranked Rummel, which would win the district crown, fell 7-6 in 10 innings. DeJean, Charles Kirchem, and Darrin Gilcrease did the hurling, with Darrin shutting out the Raiders the last four innings.

The Crusaders would almost reverse their record in 2002, finishing 21-11 and making the state playoffs for the first time since the 1995 state champs.

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Sammy Trapani
Sammy Trapani

Mike Belanger
Mike Belanger throws to first

18 Ks
Coach Johnny Altobello 1950
Coach Johnny Altobello 1950

Joseph Lacoste, Jr.
Jake Lacoste

The 1947 St. Aloysius American Legion team was sponsored by New Orleans Motors.
  • The league boasted a record 14 entries on the 20th anniversary of Legion baseball in New Orleans. Jesuit and Holy Cross each entered two teams.
  • Times Picayune prep writer N. Charles Wicker waxed eloquent about the Crescent City's outstanding record in Legion play: "New Orleans has had more teams in the 'little world series' than any other city in the United States" - seven. Further, New Orleans teams had won the state Legion title every year since 1928.

On June 30 at Muny Park, P Joe "Jake" Lacoste ('50) twirled a gem for Johnny Altobello.

  • In the last (9:30 pm) game of a tripleheader, N.O. Motors defeated Dr. Pepper (Warren Easton) 11-2.
  • Lacoste set a single-game Legion strikeout record with 18 in eight innings.
  • That bettered the single game strikeout effort of 15 set just the night before by Johnny Ross of Bohn Motors (Holy Cross) against Jesuit.
New Orleans Motors finished third in Legion play with a lineup that usually read like this.
  • 1B - Henry Kirsch
  • 2B - Pascal Calogero
  • SS - Jerry Peltier
  • 3B - Wilfred Eagan
  • LF - Kirk Drake
  • CF - Gerard Zimmerman
  • RF - Dick Brennan
  • C - Sidney Hymel
Drake ('48) enjoyed a sizzling second round, leading all hitters with a .503 average (17-32).
Coach Altobello placed most of his prep league starters - such as CF Nick Revon, 1B Dick Sallinger, C Ray King, and P Al Ketchum - on the St. Aloysius team in the "Summer Prep League" which was part of the All-American Amateur Baseball League. That decision paid off in a championship for Coach Charlie Laiche's crew and a trip to the national tournament in Johnstown PA. But no one that summer topped Jake Lacoste's feat.

 

 

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Legion No Hitter

Stop for State, Then Finish Prep

Legion District Champs Three Straight Years

District Champs 1991

A Decade Is a Long Time

State Legion Champs

Hitting and Pitching Leader

Metro Champs

Upset Minded

18 Ks

 

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