Video: Three Rummel baseball players make college choices
METAIRIE – Mikey Ryan fulfilled a childhood dream Wednesday.
The Archbishop Rummel senior infielder signed a national letter-of-intent with defending national champion LSU, one of three Raiders to lock in their college decisions as part of an on-campus signing ceremony.
Two pitchers also signed scholarship papers Wednesday: Ace Giancarlo Arencibia with Tulane and Coleman Capaci with Jones (Miss.) College.
Ryan hit .411 with seven home runs and 18 stolen bases as a junior in earning all-district, all-metro and all-state honors. He committed to LSU during his sophomore year and maintained that commitment throughout the recruiting process.
Arencibia, who like Ryan committed early in his prep career, went 7-1 with a 1.90 ERA for the Raiders as a junior, including a pair of no-hitters in the postseason that earned him Allstate Sugar Bowl Amateur Athlete of the Month for April 2023. He struck out 83 in 59 2/3 innings.
Capaci went 2-2 and struck out 21 in 14 2/3 innings, primarily in relief. He will take the two-year route in hopes of signing with a Division I program down the road.
Rummel won seven consecutive postseason game to reach the Division I select state championship game last spring. The Raiders, despite being the No. 13 seed, knocked off three of the top five seeds in the bracket before a 1-0 defeat to District 9-5A rival Jesuit in the final.
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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;…