One of those players has found his way onto the Abbeville American Legion Post 29 baseball teams for the second year in a row.
Trey Broussard, a former standout at North Vermilion High School, played college baseball at LSUA this past season and is currently playing with the Post 29er American Legion team.
Broussard, who is known for his sure bat and blazing speed, has started in center field for the American Legion baseball team this summer. He also started in center field as a freshman for LSUA before breaking his thumb six games into the season.
“It was basically what I expected,” said Broussard on his experience playing college baseball. “Baseball in college lasts throughout the whole year. It’s really not just from Christmas till the end of the school year. It lasts the whole year and is pretty much a job.”
Broussard is one of the older members of the American Legion team. He is one of only two players who are over a year removed from high school and already in college. A large number of his teammates still have a year left of high school baseball. That is something that Broussard enjoys about playing on this team.
“It’s actually better,” admitted Broussard. “I think teams work out better when the guys are younger. They still have another year to play, so I guess they have more reason to play summer baseball.”
Broussard has used this experience with the Post 29ers to stay in playing shape in case he continues his baseball career in college. Other teams often have players who are worthy of playing in college. The opportunity to face those type of players helps Broussard stay up to par with college level pitchers.
“Playing the Cajuns really helped,” explained Broussard on what he has taken away from Legion baseball. “They have one pitcher who is in college already and another who will probably be a college pitcher. Just having extra at bats over the summer can help out.”
A lot of players who play American Legion baseball play with the hopes of becoming a college player, or just to stay in shape for the upcoming baseball season. After playing at the college level, Broussard admits that it is quite different playing American Legion baseball.
“It is really not similar at all,” said Broussard comparing college baseball to American Legion baseball. “They games are so much faster in college because the pitchers are better. You go up to bat in college and almost know the guy is going to throw strikes. The chances of getting walked aren’t very good, so you go up with a different approach.”
Broussard is unsure of his plans to continue his college baseball career. One thing that is for sure though, is that he plays a big role in helping out the Abbeville Post 29er American Legion baseball team.