It looks like the West Side will have two players playing in the Louisiana High School Coaches Association All-Star Baseball Game.
Port Allen resident and St. John High School baseball player Dylan Hurst will join Brusly High’s Connor Manola in May’s All-Star game.
“I am grateful and very honored to represent my school and my teammates,” Hurst said.
Hurst, a pitcher, will be playing on the LHSCA’s East Team, playing against Manola, his former Holy Family School teammate.
“I was really happy to see that Connor Manola, a teammate of mine at Holy Family, was selected as well,” Hurst said. “I only wish we could have played on the same squad.”
Hurst leads the (14-8,9-1) Eagles team who are on track to possibly take the District 6-1A championship this year. He is one of St. John’s top two pitchers and has a 6-2 record and 1.1 earned run average.
St. John head baseball coach Chris Harrell had nothing but praise for Hurst when asked about his contributions to the Eagles team and his selection to the team.
“I am obviously very happy for Dylan. Dylan is an integral part of our team at St. John,” Harrell said. “He is a captain for our team and is one of the most versatile players I have ever coached.”
Hurst, the four-year varsity letterman was a member of the District 8-1A co-champions team and state semi-finalist in 2014.
In 2015 and 2016, he was named First Team All-District Utility Player and was a member of the 6-1A bidistrict champion team.
Harrell noted that Dylan has played every position in a varsity game – except for first base – even stepping up this year when St. John’s catcher got hurt. He is also an offensive threat.
“He hits in the three-hole for us and is a hard out,” Harrell said.