Enlow named first-team All-American

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
St. Amant's Blayne Enlow also helped lead the Gauthier & Amedee American Legion team to the state semifinals over the summer. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

If the old adage that pitching wins championships is true, then St. Amant will have as good of a chance of winning state than any other team in 2017.

The Gators return a compliment of great hitters, but it’s on the mound where they carry the most clout.

They will be led by a pitcher in Blayne Enlow that has not only emphatically made a name for himself in Louisiana, but a guy that has proven to be one of the best hurlers in the country.

This was only reinforced last week when Enlow was named to Baseball America’s Preseason All-American team as a first-team selection.

This is an honor that only 13 other players in the country have had bestowed upon them. Enlow was one of only five pitchers to make the first unit.

Baseball America releases its Preseason High School All-American team each year. It comprises the team by polling scouting directors.

Many players that have made their All-American team over the years have gone on to have successful Major League careers—guys like Jason Hayward, Madison Bumgarner and Matt Harvey.

In 2016, 11 of the 13 first-team All-Americans were selected on the first day of the draft.

Enlow lived up to the hype in 2016 as he collected 93 strikeouts and finished with a superb 1.54 ERA in helping St. Amant make it to the state quarterfinals for the third time in four years.

He earned district MVP honors and was also named the parish’s Pitcher of the Year and first-team All-State.

During the summer, he was one of only 20 high-school players around the country to make the Team USA 18U National Team.

In the COPABE Pan American Games in Monterrey, Mexico, Enlow pitched 13 innings and surrendered just five hits and no earned runs in his team’s sprint to the gold medal.

In placing Enlow on their All-American squad, Baseball America wrote of him: “Enlow made a name for himself on the national scene at last June’s Tournament of Stars, where he showed a low-90s fastball and an excellent curveball, a pitch which received votes from scouting directors for the best offspeed pitch in the class.

“Enlow’s hammer shows late vertical dive and impressive low-80s velocity. He has a long arm action, but he’s a well-coordinated athlete with a strong core and a lithe, projectable 6-foot-3, 180-pound frame.”

Enlow is preparing for his senior year with the Gators. He recently signed with LSU.