Minden High shortstop and pitcher Turner Francis will continue his baseball career next year at LSU-Eunice. He follows former teammate Derrick Herrington, who just finished at LSU-E.
"It feels great because I didn't know where I was going this time last year, and it's good to get this off my back," Francis said. "I went to a showcase this winter, and (LSU-E) liked me and was interested. It's going to be a change, but he's got me ready."
The "He" Francis refered to is his father and head coach Dean Francis.
"It's just an honor for a coach and in this case a dad that coaches his son," coach Francis said. "A coach's job is to try to get as many to the next level as you can. This has been a goal for Turner to go to the next level and play at LSU-E . This was the school of his choice and when they wanted him to come down and play it was a dream come true. It seems that the opportunity to play at the next level is getting harder and harder so with him going to play at the next level is a great opportunity and another chapter in his life."
Francis hit .539 with 44 runs batted in this season, as he was named co-MVP in District 1-4A. After playing shortstop the last two seasons, Francis expects to play second or third at LSU-E.
Francis will also join four other area players in the Louisiana High School Coaches Association All-Star baseball games to be held May 30-31 at North Park in Denham Springs. Joining Francis on the West team include Benton pitchers Jordan Shaffer and Aaron Henigan, Evangel infielder Miller Parker and Natchitoches Central pitcher Connor Collins.Subscribe to Read!