Former EA star Landry drafted fifth overall

Kyle Riviere
Former East Ascension star Bailey Landry is on pace to set a new LSU record for highest single-season batting average. Photo by

Ascension’s own Bailey Landry has had one of the most decorated athletic careers of any player the parish has seen.

From leading East Ascension to the state tournament in Sulphur, to being an All-American and leading LSU to the Women’s College World Series, Landry has achieved an array of note-worthy accomplishments over the years, and last week, there was another to add to the growing list.

As a senior outfielder, Landry’s softball career will not be ending any time soon. In fact, it’s just getting started.

Last Monday night, she was selected fifth overall by the Texas Charge (McKinney, Texas) in the 2017 National Pro Fastpitch Draft. Teammate Sahvanna Jaquish was selected third overall by the Chicago Bandits. This made them the first two positional players drafted.

“It’s definitely so exciting just to have that honor. Just to be drafted, in general, is a great honor, but to go right behind my teammate and be the first two position players and the first outfielder is definitely a big honor,” Landry said.

It was a proud day for head coach Beth Torino.

“I think they’re a big reason why we are where we are as a program,” Torino said. “Bailey’s been such a big Tiger fan for her whole life, it’s fun to see somebody like that. It’s fun to be able to write her name into the lineup each day and see her wear the purple and gold and know she’s living out her dream.”

Landry first made a name for herself at East Ascension, where she was a first-team all-district performer and All-American.

She signed with LSU, and by the end of her freshman season, Landry had played her way into the starting lineup.

Landry was named to the SEC All-Freshman team as she hit a team-best .368 (at least 45 games played).

There was no sophomore slump.

In her second year at LSU, Landry only got better as she hit a team-best .426—which included a school record 21-game hitting streak. In the World Series, she led the team with a .357 average.

As a result, she was named second-team All-SEC and NFCA All-American.

Even in somewhat of an off-year, Landry still hit .324 as a junior and helped lead the Lady Tigers to a second straight trip to the World Series.

As a senior, she has gotten back on track in a huge way, hitting .453 with 30 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .489. At one point, she went 20 straight games with a hit.

Landry is on pace to break school records for season batting average (.431) and season hit total (91). Both records have stood since 2000.

“The dream came in college. Growing up, professional softball was’t really a thing, and now, the sport has grown tremendously,” Landry said. “As I got to college and I saw the sport growing and I saw it building up in the sports world, it definitely attracted me, and I want to be a part of it.”

Landry and Jaquish will be following in the footsteps of former teammates that are now playing in the NPF—payers like A.J. Andrews and Brittany Mack.

“We were so lucky to have so many teammates before us have this experience,” Landry said. “So, in these last few months, while I was considering it this year, I just sought out information from them to see how was their experience, just to see what things I could expect and what I need to be prepared for. I think it’ll be a different world, but just to be able to say that I’m a professional softball player, that says a lot about where the sport is going.”