Enlow and Sevario make commitments, Cobb signs
There's a reason why Ascension Parish is so often the epicenter of high-school baseball and softball – there's talent everywhere.
That talent was rewarded over the last week as two St. Amant baseball players made college commitments, and one Dutchtown softball player inked her letter of intent.
Gator pitcher Blayne Enlow was the first domino to fall as he committed to LSU.
Enlow will only be a junior when he gets back on the mound in 2016, but his arm-strength and tremendous potential led to LSU and head coach Paul Mainieri extending the scholarship offer.
In 2015, Enlow became St. Amant's ace as a sophomore.
The Gators went 16-14 and made a run to the playoffs, but they were dropped by 13th-seeded Acadiana in the opening round.
Enlow spent his summer playing for Ascension's Gauthier & Amedee American Legion team. The Wombats won a district title and reached the semifinals of the state tournament.
He has always impressed Gauthier & Amedee head coach Conrad Gayle.
"He will be special. God has given Blayne a great right arm. He has a lot to learn as far as pitching goes, but he has tremendous arm talent," Gayle said. "He can get his fastball up to 90 miles per hour. He has a changeup that can get up to 82. He's a lot like Austin Bain. He can just roll out of bed and start chunking the ball.
"He's still young, so he can still get a lot stronger, but he's already on the radar of MLB scouts at 16 years old. He's special. By the time he leaves St. Amant, he's gonna do some special things."
Not long after Enlow made his commitment to LSU, teammate Adam Sevario declared his allegiance to Florida International.
Sevario was a first-year starter at second base for St. Amant in 2015.
He quickly proved to be one of the best hitters in the area as he finished with an impressive .459 batting average with 21 RBIs.
Those gaudy numbers led to him being named first-team all-district and first-team All-Metro.
He also played for Gauthier & Amedee this summer until he was sidelined with a serious back injury that he sustained in a car accident.
His recovery has gone well, and he should be back in St. Amant's starting lineup by the time their first game rolls around in 2016.
"He's what baseball is all about. He's not a home-run hitter. He's not going to fill up a stat sheet, but he's just a great baseball player," Gayle said. "He's just going to make plays for you. He's the type of player that will be the sparkplug of your team, the guy that makes your team go.
"Every team needs a guy like that. He's not the tallest or the strongest guy, but he plays the game the right way. He makes those gritty plays; he hustles."
And in softball, Dutchtown outfielder Royelle Cobb officially signed with Baton Rouge Community College on Aug. 3.
Cobb and the Lady Griffins had a magnificent season in 2015.
They finished with an overall record of 22-8 and made an impressive run to the state title game in Sulphur.
Dutchtown finished as state runners-up after falling, 3-1, to juggernaut Sam Houston.
The Lady Griffins only had five hits in the loss. Cobb had one of those hits--a triple that helped Dutchtown score a run and take an early 1-0 lead.
Overall, Cobb finished the season hitting .235 with 10 RBIs.
She was a second-team selection on the All-District 5-5A team.