Crescent City Sports Prep Summer League opens Tuesday with rematch of state title game
What proved to be a successful debut is set for a bigger encore.
The second year of the Crescent City Sports Prep Summer League begins Tuesday with eight games.
Crescent City Sports will stream live a game of the week during the five-week regular season schedule, usually on Tuesdays, along with the semifinals and finals.
The opening-night slate is headlined by a rematch of the May 13 Select Division I state championship game as Jesuit-based Retif Oil hosts Archbishop Rummel-based Malcolm Dienes at 6:30 p.m. at John Ryan Stadium.
Jesuit edged Rummel 1-0 on May 13 at McMurry Park in Sulphur to capture its Louisiana-best 22nd state championship.
Retif Oil won the inaugural CCSL championship, edging the John Curtis Christian-based River Ridge Patriots 8-7 in nine innings in the title game last July. Hunter Oufnac of Retif Oil captured Most Valuable Player honors in the playoffs.
Malcolm Dienes and St. Charles Catholic-based Cretin Townsend Homes were the other teams reaching the first league playoffs a year ago.
After debuting with 16 teams in 2022, the CCSL has increased to 17 teams in 2023 and has expanded to include a junior varsity league and a freshman league and it features players with high school eligibility remaining.
Schools participating this season include Archbishop Rummel, Archbishop Shaw, Belle Chasse, Brother Martin, Chalmette, De La Salle, Holy Cross, Jesuit, John Curtis Christian, Lakeshore, Lutcher, Mandeville, Northshore, Pope John Paul II, St. Augustine, St. Charles Catholic and St. Thomas Aquinas.
Archbishop Rummel head coach Frank Cazeaux conceived and founded the league.
“We are very excited about the league starting tomorrow,” Cazeaux said. “We are playing good quality opponents while getting a look at our younger kids in the same venue instead of being spread out all over. Last year was a great year and the kids really enjoyed it.
“The league was everything I thought it would be and more. The coaches handled it well, in a school situation and had something to play for. It is so important to have Crescent City Sports sponsoring it to provide huge exposure for our schools, players and sponsors.”
Crescent City Sports produces up to 50 live streams of high school sporting events each year.
“With our year-round commitment to high school athletics, our involvement with presenting the Summer League is a privilege, blessing and honor,” Crescent City Sports owner Ken Trahan said.
“Our goal is and always will be to enhance the presence and exposure of our high school athletic programs in the greatest fashion possible. By playing a weekday schedule encompassing just over a month, we work with other entities to allow our participants to embark on weekend baseball ventures and to have a month off before the next school year begins.”
The regular season runs through June 29, followed by a four-team single-elimination playoff the first week of July.
Crescent City Sports Prep Summer League
Malcolm M. Dienes CPA (Rummel) at Retif Oil (Jesuit)
Terry’s Oysters (Belle Chasse) at Peck’s Seafood (Northshore)
Cypress Physical Therapy (Lutcher) at Mandeville
River Ridge Patriots (Curtis) at St. Thomas Aquinas
Cretin Townsend Homes (St. Charles Catholic) at Gulf Coast Bank (Chalmette)
Courcelle Law (De La Salle) at Ponstein’s (Holy Cross)
Chapter IV Restaurant (St. Augustine) at Pope John Paul
K’s for Kids (Brother Martin) at Lakeshore
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Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…