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Ragin Cajuns REBELS WITH A CAUSE

As the 2019 softball and baseball seasons have come to a close, one of the main things I will remember is how two former Teurlings Catholic Rebels shined for each Ragin’ Cajun program.

By Brandon Comeaux

Summer Ellyson It was a special season for the junior pitcher. The Teurlings grad came to UL as a heralded player – a state title winner both in Class 5A high school softball and in club ball. She was named to multiple all-state and all-district teams and was a downright dominant player, totaling over 900 strikeouts during her time as a Rebel. Following a solid 2018 season, during which she won 23 games as a pitcher, Summer took it to a whole new level this season for the Cajuns. The All-American led the nation in victories with 39. That is the second-most in a single season in UL softball history. She also finished with a remarkable 1.11 ERA and continued her dominance, striking out 354 hitters. Biggest Moment of the 2019 season: Pitched a complete-game, 3-hit shutout against Ole Miss in the NCAA Regional, striking out 7 batters.

Hayden Cantrelle It was a remarkable season for the sophomore shortstop. The Teurlings grad actually chose to play for the Cajuns over the New York Yankees, who made him the first ever Rebels player to be drafted out of high school. A two-time state champion, Hayden was named Class 4A MVP as a senior after batting .400 and stealing 18 bases. When Hayden chose to play for the Ragin’ Cajuns over turning pro, he also decided to continue a family legacy. His father, Kevin, played baseball for the Cajuns from 1995-1998 and became an Academic All-American. And his Uncle Lee played donned the Vermilion and White from 1991-1994. Following a great freshman season in 2018, Hayden continued his sensational hitting. He led the team with 119 total bases, 56 runs scored and 28 stolen bases. Also, in a game against Little Rock, Hayden homered three times. He was honored by the American Baseball Coaches’ Association by being named First Team All-Region. Biggest Moment of the 2019 season: Became the 4th player in program history to hit for the cycle in a game at Russo Park against Northwestern State. (Information and images courtesy of ragincajuns.com and espn1420.com)

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