Video: Three Jesuit baseball players headed to in-state colleges
NEW ORLEANS – Three Jesuit High School seniors will be playing baseball in Louisiana beyond this season.
At an on-campus ceremony Wednesday, pitchers Will Hellmers (LSU) and Brian Valigosky (Tulane) and catcher Parker Serio (Nicholls) signed national letters-of-intent.
Hellmers had a 1.46 ERA and struck out 99 in 67 innings as a junior, then improved on that in American Legion play last summer with a 0.64 ERA. “Will … wants the ball in big games,” said Jesuit coach Kenny Goodlett.
Valigosky, a left-hander, did not pitch last prep season because of an injury but played a key role in Retif Oil’s run to the state tournament, winning a pair of games. He struck out 57 in 47 innings as a sophomore. “He’s one of the leaders on our ballclub,” Goodlett said.
Serio joined the varsity as a freshman and has played in 99 games over the last three years. “He has a great demeanor and the pitchers love working with him,” Goodlett said.
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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;…