This past year, it was made obvious that St. Amant's Blayne Enlow was the best pitcher in Ascension Parish.
This past year, it was made obvious that St. Amant’s Blayne Enlow was the best pitcher in Ascension Parish.
But after this summer, we found out so much more about the ultra-talented Gator hurler. We found out that he is arguably the best pitcher in the area, arguably the best pitcher in the state and most impressively, he has proven to be one of the best pitchers in the country.
Last week, the USA 18U National Team released its final 20-man roster for 2016, and Enlow made the final cut. He will now not only represent Ascension Parish and all of Louisiana, but he will be representing America, playing the sport he loves.
After finding out he made the team, Enlow went to Twitter to express his excitement. He said, “Such an honor to be able to represent the best country there is. Let’s bring back the gold medal, boys.”
Enlow has had quite the year.
Just last summer, he officially made his commitment to LSU. Then, in his junior campaign at St. Amant, he went out and emphatically showed why the Tigers showed so much interest in him.
In leading the Gators to their third trip to the state quarterfinals in four years, Enlow was dominant. He went 6-4 with a minuscule 1.54 ERA and 93 strikeouts.
In putting up such strong numbers, Enlow was named District 5-5A MVP and also the parish’s Pitcher of the Year.
Enlow earned first-team All-Metro honors. He was also the only Ascension player to be named first-team All-State on the 5A Louisiana Sports Writers Association team.
Enlow was originally selected to compete for a roster spot on the USA 18U National Team back in June. He was one of only 108 players from across the country to be selected.
After playing so well in Carry, N.C., Enlow made the first cut as the roster was trimmed down to 40. He was the only player from Louisiana to make it.
Last week, Enlow took the next step in becoming a member of the 18U squad. He made the trip to Houston to compete in the team trials. After six days of showcasing his skills, Enlow cemented himself as one of the top 20 players in the country.
He was officially selected to represent the 18U National Team as they now prepare to travel to Monterrey, Mexico next week to compete in the COPABE Pan American Games.
Enlow now joins an impressive list of current and former Major League Baseball players that have played for Team USA. This list includes: MLB Hall of Famer John Smoltz, former No. 1 picks Joe Mauer, Delmon Young, Justin Upton and Bryce Harper and 2014 AL MVP Mike Trout.
This year’s team will be attempting to win gold for the seventh time in eight years. They won the world championship just last year.
Many players from that squad are returning in 2016.
“We have four players from last year’s team, and they know that feeling of winning a gold medal,” Manager Glenn Cecchini said. “They stood on that podium in Japan in front of over 20,000 people. In baseball, that was the best day of my life. To be able to represent your country and the game that we love, it doesn’t get any better than that.
Enlow and his new teammates will officially begin their journey for gold on Friday as they play their first game in Monterrey. The championship game will be on Oct. 9, and the team will head home the next day.
Logan Allen (P, Deltona, Fla.), Nick Allen (IF, San Diego, Calif.), Patrick Bailey (C, Greensboro, N.C.), Shane Baz (P, Cypress, Texas), Jordan Butler (P, Odessa, Fla.), Triston Casas (IF/P, Pembroke Pines, Fla.), Hans Crouse (P, Dana Point, Calif.), Hagen Danner (P, Huntington Beach, Calif.), Blayne Enlow (P, Sorrento, La.), Hunter Greene (IF, Stevenson Ranch, Calif.), Quentin Holmes (OF, East Elmhurst, N.Y.), Jarred Kelenic (OF/P, Waukesha, Wisc.), Royce Lewis (IF/OF, Aliso Viejo, Calif.), MJ Melendez (C, Miami, Fla.), Nick Pratto (IF/P, Huntington Beach, Calif.), Mike Siani (OF/P, Glenside, Pa.), Mitchell Stone (P, Edmond, Okla.), Brice Turang (IF, Corona, Calif.), CJ Van Eyk (P, Lutz, Fla.), Ryan Vilade (IF, Stillwater, Okla.)