Two Gators sign letters of intent

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Blayne Enlow signs with LSU, along with his parents and brother Skylar (far left)—also a former pitcher for the Gators. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

After a powerful run last spring, St. Amant baseball has the potential of having a special season in 2017. Much of that success will hinge on the arm of Blayne Enlow and the bat of Ivan Prejean.

Both Gator senior standouts celebrated with their family, friends and coaches last Wednesday night as they officially signed their college letters of intent. Enlow signed with LSU, while Prejean signed with Nicholls.

“It’s a dream that many kids have. I had it, but we don’t all get to have the opportunity to fulfill that dream, and these two men have it,” St. Amant head coach Troy Templet said. “We tell our kids to not take anything for granted and know that the things you’ve done to get to this point, you have to do more to establish yourself in that new environment.”

In the past two seasons, Enlow has established himself as one of the top recruits in the country. However, even as a freshman, the Gator coaching staff could see his immense talent.

“In 2014, Skylar (Enlow) was one of the key cogs in our rotation when we made it to the semifinals. He was a senior, and his brother came in as a freshman,” Templet said. “He was a tall, lanky kid with a live arm. We thought there was a possibility that he could be good. Talent isn’t everything, but throughout his three years here, this young man has prospered and progressed physically and mentally and become more mature, and it has given him the opportunity to sign with LSU.”

In his junior year, Enlow went 6-4 with a superb 1.54 ERA and 93 strikeouts en route to being named District 5-5A MVP and the parish’s Pitcher of the Year.

During the summer, Enlow was one of just 108 high-school players in the country invited to compete for a spot on the USA Baseball 18U National Team. He flourished, making two cuts and claiming his spot on the final 20-man roster.

Last month, the team played in the COPABE Pan American Games in Monterrey, Mexico. They went 7-1 in the tournament and took home the gold medal.

Throughout the event, Enlow pitched 13 innings that resulted in just five hits, no runs, three walks and nine strikeouts.

Prejean emerged as one of St. Amant’s best hitters in their run to the state semifinals last season.

“He’s a very good hitter,” Templet said. “He has a strong arm, and people ask me, ‘Who’s that third-baseman?’ A lot of times in tournaments, coaches would say, ‘Man, he squares balls up.’ They would all say the same thing—meaning he makes good contact and he doesn’t get cheated at the plate.

Prejean was a first-team selection on both the all-district and All-Parish teams in 2016.

“Ivan is just a great student athlete. He’s good in the classroom, he’s very dedicated and very disciplined,” Templet said. “He’s a quiet young man—probably not with his friends—but if he says three sentences to me in a day, I am totally excited. But he doesn’t have to do that because I know what I’m going to get from Ivan Prejean every single day. He’s such a competitor.”

But things haven’t come easy for he or Enlow. Both had to fight through significant injuries during their careers at St. Amant.

An injury sidelined Prejean for the 2015 football season. Enlow was badly injured in an accident during his sophomore season.

“[Blayne’s] pelvis shattered around October, and he was still able to perform for us his sophomore season. It didn’t get in his way. Life’s about struggles. Life’s about making adjustments to those struggles. Both of these kids here today had slaps in the face with these injuries, but they just sucked it up and made themselves better people and better athletes.”

Both players on their way to play college baseball highlight just how successful St. Amant’s 2017 senior class has been.

“We’ve very excited as a program. We’re very proud to have these gentlemen here,” Templet said. “These two are part of a senior group that our entire school is excited about. It’s not just the athletes. These guys are very good in the classroom. They show commitment to what they’re doing, and we’re very proud of all of them.”