America’s favorite pastime has been, and always will be, baseball. At St. Thomas in particular, baseball has been the flagship sport of the school with a school record of 22 state championships.
However, recently the baseball program has not been able to produce at the same rate as past years and has not won a state title in three years. But with the implementation of new head coach Ryan Lousteau, the team is looking to turn things around and get back on track to adding some awards to the trophy case.
“I am extremely excited to take over such a great program,” Lousteau said. “I am truly elated.”
The whole locker room has been livened up with the introduction of Coach Lousteau, though he is no stranger to the program.
“Coach has been involved with the program for the past four years, so the transition was very smooth,” assistant coach Keith Page said. “The atmosphere out here is really lively with a new coach, just like when Coach Tim Fitzpatrick entered his first year as head coach of the football team.”
There is a lot of talent and potential on this year’s varsity team, with 15 returning seniors, so the foundation is already in place. Team leaders like Michael Rogers and Ben Condara expect a lot from Coach Lousteau, and the expectation placed back on them to preform is just as great.
“What Coach has shown so far is great leadership, and has changed the program to being more structured,” Rogers said. “We all have so much respect for him and I think that this is going to be for the better.”
-Michael Rogers, Baseball team leader
However, Lousteau knows he will have to count on this group of seniors as well to have a successful season.
“I am a firm believer that a team is as good as its senior group,” Lousteau said. “Those guys are counted on to lead, and the younger guys really do look up to the seniors a lot.”
Lousteau has already begun to stress team chemistry for this year’s squad. After all, a team is only as good as its weakest member.
“Coach has really been making strides to ensure that the chemistry between all of us is very strong. From senior meetings to praying before and after practice, all of these things bring us closer together,” said senior Paul Palomo.
There is a lot riding on this season for the seniors, as they have a perfect opportunity to end the current championship drought. And now, with Lousteau’s presence on the diamond, there is no telling how far this team could go.