Bailey Landry signs LSU letter of intent
East Ascension centerfielder Bailey Landry officially became an LSU Tiger last Wednesday when she signed her letter of intent alongside her parents, Darrell and Robin.
Landry was second-year head coach Beth Torina's first Louisiana commitment.
"I'm so excited. This has always been my dream, so it feels so good to be a Tiger," Landry said.
That jubilance was also fully out in display by her father, Darrell--who couldn't have been more proud.
"I can't even express in words how excited we are," he said. "I mean, I started working with her when she was 10 years old with the overall goal in mind to make it to LSU. And I'm just glad God blessed her with the athletic ability that she has and her persistence and hard work it takes to get her skills to that level."
Much of the interest garnered by LSU came from a huge junior campaign by Landry.
In a season where her East Ascension squad made a run to the state quarterfinals, she batted .485 with six homers and 30 RBIs.
To add to those gaudy statistics, she amassed a .762 slugging percentage, scored 38 runs and stole 33 bases. And in the outfield, she had a near-perfect .950 fielding percentage.
For her stellar play, she made Al-Parish, All-Metro and was a first-team all-district and All-State selection.
In addition to playing for the Lady Spartans, she also took part in the LA Patriot Gold Traveling Team--where she put up even more impressive numbers.
In league play, she batted a phenomenal .718 with five homers and 16 stolen bases. She also had a .843 on-base percentage.
Landry will head into her senior season as one of the best players in the state and hoping to lead East Ascension to a run for the state title. The Lady Spartans lost in last year's quarterfinals to eventual state runner-up Hahnville.
And when her senior campaign comes to an end, she'll be on her way to Baton Rouge to play for LSU.
In Torina's first season, LSU had a resurgent year--finishing with a 40-26 record that culminated in a trip to the Women's College World Series. It was only their third trip in school history.
"We're just blown away to have this opportunity for her to play at a school like LSU and play in the SEC," Landry's father said.
As for his daughter, she can't wait to get on campus and get her taste of major college softball.
"The tradition they have is amazing," Landry said. "The Louisiana culture, the beautiful campus they have, the program, it's all so amazing."