For the second week in a row, LSUS baseball assistant coach Chris Bertrand was in Webster Parish to sign a player to scholarship papers to play for the Pilots next season.
Last week it was Lakeside’s Garrett Lambert, and Tuesday it was Glenbrook’s Caleb Killian.
This was Killian’s first season at Glenbrook, and head coach Jonathan Hardy said Killian fit right in from the start.
“He’s been a leader for us since he got here,” he said. “He’s a quiet leader, he leads by example. He’s got a great work ethic and he’s willing to do anything I asked.”
Killian, the Apaches primary first baseman this year, hit .548 (34 for 62) with six home runs and 38 RBIs (as of 4/20).
“Caleb was an outstanding hitter for us this year and he has the potential to be even better in the future,” Hardy said.
“He’s got loads of ability and we’ve only seen the surface, his best baseball is still ahead of him.”
LSUS head coach Rocke Musgraves is happy to have signed Killian.
“Hitters like Caleb Killian don’t come along that often, so we wanted to lock him up early,” he said. “ We were first excited about his baseball talent, but when we heard that he was a great student we decided to make a hard push for him.”
The Apaches lost a number of players after last season and had a number of question marks heading into this season. Killian answered a big question as a run producer and was a big reason the Apaches were able to win their sixth-straight district championship.
“Caleb came in and made a big difference,” Hardy said. “He stepped right in and filled a hole in the middle of our line-up. He was consistent from Day One and never seemed to have a bad game. He was always on base and seemed to hit the ball hard on the nose just about every time. He’s got one of the smoothest strokes I’ve seen in a while. He will be missed.”