For four St. Charles Catholic athletes who signed with colleges on Tuesday afternoon, multi-positional and/or multi-sport status was the order of the day.
In the case of Nick Lorio, being told he might get a chance to play some in the infield and the outfield, while also getting a shot to pitch was a major factor in his decision to attend Delgado Junior College on a baseball scholarship.
“That kind of sold me. I like to do everything. When they told me I could pitch and hit, it kind of sold me,” said Lorio.
Fresh off of a state championship, Lorio, Caleb St. Martin and Peyton Broussard all signed with junior colleges as a chance to continue their baseball careers.
St. Martin is headed for Copiah-Lincoln in Mississippi.
“As of now, I’m going as a pitcher but I will try to play a little first and hit a little bit. We will see how that goes,” St. Martin said.
Broussard is slated to be a middle infielder at Bossier Community College.
“It’s been a dream of mine since I was younger; first of all to make a high school team and being able to win a state championship with a team that I grew with since freshman year feels really good. Going to the next level, hopefully, I get to move on to Division I and play bigger and better opponents,” said Broussard.
“I think their best baseball is still ahead of them,” St. Charles baseball coach Wayne Stein said of the trio. “I don’t think any of them maxed out. It’s an exciting day for St. Charles Catholic. It’s been one heck of a year. They will always be Comets and we will be pulling for them and watching them along the way and they know they can always come back here if there is anything they need.”
Meanwhile, Sutton Bourgeois, one of the multi-sport players typical of St. Charles signed to play soccer at Spring Hill in Mobile, Ala. Along with soccer, Bourgeois play quarterback and receiver on the SCC football team over the years.
“I really like soccer because it’s really a sport where I get to do my own thing. I always felt more talented in soccer than any other sport,” said Bourgeois.
In Lorio, Delgado will get a player who thrives on the big moment, according to Stein.
“He can flash all five tools. He can hit for average. He can hit for power. He can run. He has velocity off the mound. He can flash them all, but more than anything, they are getting a bulldog. They are getting a guy that loves to be in pressure moments. He likes to be at the plate in the big time and he likes to be on the mound in the big time,” the St. Charles coach said.
In St. Martin, the best is yet to come, Stein predicted.
“Caleb is a phenomenal story in that he waited his turn. He didn’t get a lot of chances until his senior year and they are getting a guy that is really just scratching the surface. I really believe he will be a 90-mile-per-hour arm one day. He’s just a guy that continued to work and put the team first,” said Stein.
Broussard, said Stein, was the classic example of a player working toward a goal.
“We always talk in this program about a goal without a plan is fantasy,” Stein said. “He had a plan. He put himself in front of people. He kept working and he improved his body. Every time he came out, he had to prove to everybody he could play because he was short. You are getting a guy that will be at the ballpark each and every day and give you everything he’s got.”
His experience at St. Charles, Bourgeois said, helped to prepare him for more than just baseball.
“It didn’t just help me athletically. It helped me grow as a man. Take on responsibility for what we do. That’s what we pride ourselves in is hard work and dedication. That goes for anything in life, even in the workforce,” said Broussard.