When a program wins 60 games in two seasons at the high school level, people take notice. The Catholic High baseball program is 60-16 over the last two seasons and college coaches have taken notice. Five players signed to play college baseball after the 2017 season to join the multitude of former Bears to go to the next level. Add three more to the list in Brennan Lambert, Brady Hebert and Landon Boeneke of the Class of 2018.
Lambert, a right-handed, hitting catcher, recently committed to Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. The senior became the starter behind the plate a few games into his sophomore season and helped lead his club to the 60-win plateau. Lambert hit .353 as a junior with 14 extra base hits (2 home runs) and 32 RBI. He also threw out 11 would-be base stealers. As a sophomore, Lambert had an on-base percentage of .476 and threw out 16 baserunners. Lamar is a member of the Southland Conference, defeated LSU in the regular season in 2017, and is coached by former LSU player and assistant coach Will Davis.
Hebert committed to play his college baseball at LSU-Eunice, a junior college power that has won five national championships in the last 12 years. Hebert is a shortstop that can pitch for LSU-E, recently topping out at 89 mph on the radar gun at a showcase. Hebert, a left-handed hitter, had an on-base percentage of .355 and stole eight bases for the state finalist Bears last year. He has been a stalwart on the mound for CHS. In his sophomore season, the righthander went 5-1 with one save and a 1.77 ERA. As a junior, Hebert was 5-0 on the mound with one save and a 2.43 ERA.
Boeneke, 6'5 righty, will continue his baseball career at Tulane University in New Orleans. The senior was 2-1 last season with a save to go along with his 1.37 ERA. Boeneke pitched 15.1 innings, striking out 12 while only walking two. The future member of the Green Wave was 2-0 with a save in his sophomore season, while posting a 2.25 ERA. Boeneke will join the pitching staff that currently includes Class of 2015 alumnus, Ross Massey.
"Brennan will fit in well at Lamar and brings excellent defensive skills and a quality bat to the program," said head coach Brad Bass. "Brady will be given an opportunity to be a two-way player and continues a long tradition of Catholic High players playing for LSU-Eunice. Landon is a tall, hard throwing righthander that has a ton of upside on the mound and made a 33 on the ACT. I am proud to say they represent our program, Catholic High School and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart with tremendous character. They are all fully qualified academically."
With three more Bears headed to the next level, there will be excitement on the diamond come spring 2018. Until then, the Bears will continue to hit the weights, improve their speed and conditioning, and attend talks on Christian formation, showing that "Building a Bear" takes on a new meaning.