Early Signing Period: Holy Cross duo Gavin Schulz and Chandler Welch to Tulane, Lauve to Southeastern, Orr to Loyola

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The 2020 season was looking very good for Holy Cross.

The Tigers were off to a very good start and won their final game against Catholic League rival John Curtis Christian before the pandemic stopped the season.

The 2021 season looks equally as promising, if not more so for the Tigers of Andy Cannizaro, thanks to some outstanding returning players.

That includes four who signed letters of intent to continue their baseball careers at the next level.

Gavin Schulz and Chandler Welch inked with Tulane, Lance Lauve signed with Southeastern Louisiana and Josh Orr signed with Loyola.

Schulz batted .500 with four doubles, a triple, a home run and nine RBI in the shortened 2020 season.

“I was blessed with this opportunity to stay at home to have my family and friends all be at my games,” Schulz said. “My head coach played at Tulane and continuing his legacy will be awesome. I have a cousin that played at Tulane in Tommy Manzella, who went to Omaha. That is one of my goals, too! I think our (Holy Cross) team is going to tremendous this year. I think we are going to achieve all our goals that we set out to get.”

Schulz’ older brother, Grant, prepped at Holy Cross before playing at Delgado and he is now at ULM.

Welch hit .333 with five RBI and was 0-1 with a 1.17 ERA on the mound.

“Everything about the university is truly something special, starting with the how my dad went there and many others from my family have attended this great university,” Welch said. “It’s truly a blessing. It was my dream to go to Tulane. The biggest thing for me is my competitiveness. When I’m on the field, it’s like I’m the only guy out there. We have a job to do here at Holy Cross and that is to win a state championship.”

Lauve was 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA on the mound. He is coming off of arm surgery and is recovering well, hopeful of being back on the mound for the Tigers in the spring.

“I’ve been wanting to go there (SLU) since I was a freshman,” Lauve said. “It’s always been the school that I wanted to play baseball at. They offered me my sophomore year and I knew when I went on campus, it felt like home. It is a really good baseball program, a lot of good coaches there. Cass Hargis was my coach my freshman year and he was a star at Southeastern. It’s a good school.”

Orr hit .316 with six RBI and was 1-0 with an 0.78 ERA on the mound.

“I really liked the atmosphere and the coaches at Loyola,” Orr said. “It is a great opportunity to stay at home at a good school with quite a few players from the Catholic League and from this area.”

Holy Cross wrestler Jake Romig also signed a letter of intent Wednesday, inking with Division II power Lander University of Greenwood, South Carolina.

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Ken Trahan

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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, CCSE CEO Ken Trahan has been a sports media fixture in the community for nearly four decades. Ken started NewOrleans.com/Sports with Bill Hammack and Don Jones in 2008. In 2011, the site became SportsNOLA.com. On August 1, 2017, Ken helped launch CrescentCitySports.com. Having accumulated national awards/recognition (National Sports Media Association, National Football…

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