Baseball Homecoming Hits a Home Run

Posted March 21, 2017 / Last updated March 22, 2017

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At Friday’s event, 2007 state champions Andy Hamilton, Brad Holstein, Danny Zimmerman, and Johnny Carr relive their baseball glory days.

On Friday, March 17, baseball alumni and their families flocked to John Ryan Stadium for Jesuit’s Baseball Homecoming. Hundreds filled the stadium for a fun-filled reception, the recognition of the 2002 and 2007 state championship teams on their 15th and 10th anniversaries, and the chance to cheer on this year’s baseball team as they took on the Central Lafourche Trojans.

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Alumni first headed to the Roussel Building for a meet-and-greet with the 2017 Jesuit team and Coach Joey Latino’s pre-game talk. Shortly after, a reception hosted by Jesuit’s advancement office and parents of today’s Blue Jays officially kicked off in Pontiff Pavilion, where alumni and their families enjoyed food, face painting for their children, and lots of Blue Jay camaraderie. Each alumnus also received a complimentary ticket and commemorative baseball t-shirt courtesy of the athletic department. After a few words from president Fr. Christopher Fronk, S.J., alumni director Mat Grau ’68, and athletic director Dave Moreau, baseball alumni moved onto the infield for the pre-game ceremony and recognition of the 2002 and 2007 state champions. Matias Grau III ’92 sang the National Anthem, and John Ryan ’70, Ryan Martin ’02, and Michael Lebreton ’07 threw out the ceremonial first pitches.

From their seats in Pontiff Pavilion, the grandstand, or bleachers, alumni cheered their alma mater on to 3-2 victory. Special thanks to current team parent Missy Martin and all of the parent workers for providing plenty of food and Blue Jay hospitality.