Brayden Caskey, American Legion baseball star, earns July Athlete of the Month honor
NEW ORLEANS – Brayden Caskey has been selected as the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month for July after leading the Gauthier Amedee American Legion baseball team to the state championship.
Monthly award-winners are chosen in voting by the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Caskey, a graduate of Dutchtown High School who plays for Delgado Community College, helped lead Gauthier Amedee to its second American Legion state championship in three years. In eight games played in July he hit .480 (12-of-25) with four doubles, one home run, seven RBIs, nine runs scored and 10 stolen bases. He hit a pair of doubles against Gulf Coast Office Services and another pair against Bill Hood.
Gauthier Amedee finished its Covid summer season 26-2-1, defeating Bill Hood for the 2019 Louisiana state title. The American Legion Regionals and World Series were not played due to the coronavirus.
Caskey was selected for the honor over five other nominees.
• Amateur golfer Patrick Christovich won “The Mackel” at Bayou Oaks at City Park golf course on July 11. “The Mackel” is the official New Orleans Amateur Golf Championship. Christovich finished seven-below par (137) for the 36-hole tournament to hold off runner-up Andrew Barreca.
• Jacob and Evan Frost, 15-year old twins who are heading into their junior years at Holy Cross, have had outstanding summers on the wrestling circuit. While competing for Bayou Elite Wrestling, both won championships in their weight classes (Evan at 132 pounds and Jacob at 138 pounds) at the Deep South Duals in Birmingham – both posted records of 12-1 while capturing their weight-class titles. The twins then traveled to the Reno World Wrestling Championships (held in Tulsa this year due to COVID-19) and despite both being unranked they won two matches on July 31 and then another two on August 1 to reach the 125-pound championship – however, as they would have been facing off against each other, they were declared co-champions. Jacob beat the No. 1 seed in the quarterfinals and the No. 4 seed in the semifinals while Evan took down the No. 2 seed in the quarters and the No. 3 seed in the semis. Evan was the 106-pound Division I state champion and Jacob was the 113-pound Division I state champ at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Wrestling Championships in February.
• Norris McClure led Lakeshore-based Bill Hood to the American Legion state final on July 12. In the semifinals, the Titans trailed 6-5, but McClure’s three-run walk-off home run sent them to the championship game. McClure knotted the title game at one in the third inning with a sacrifice fly, but Gauthier Amedee pulled away for the 8-2 victory. Bill Hood had topped Gibbs Construction, 2-1, to reach the semifinals.
• Blair McKenzie, who will be a senior at Madisonville High this year, posted a plus-six 78 to win BC Cup Junior Golf Championship at Diamondhead Country Club on July 30. On July 9, McKenzie earned a second-place finish at the Louisiana Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship at Links on the Bayou in Alexandria. McKenzie, from Madisonville, notched a 36-hole total of 151 (eight-over) to finish three strokes behind the winner, Sydney Moss of Shreveport.
The Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee has been selecting an Amateur Athlete of the Month each month since 1957. The athlete must be a native of the greater New Orleans area or must compete for a team in the metropolitan region in order to be eligible.
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