Two more Rebels leave their mark

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 24, 2006


Sports Editor

For Jordan Porrier and A.J. Delauneville, things are clear. Whether you’re talking about life, or baseball, you’ve got to have a plan.

And you better not leave home without it.

The pair of Riverside seniors did just that last Friday afternoon less than an hour before graduation when they announced their post-high school destinations through the signing of scholarship. Porrier left his mark on an offer by Pensacola Jr. College in Florida while Delauneville accepted an offer from Nicholls State.

&#8220These boys have earned this,” Coach Steve Stropolo said of the two contributors. &#8220And they deserve every bit of it.”

Porrier and Delauneville are the second and third seniors from the Rebels state championship team to sign on with a university or college. Teammate centerfielder Lee Haydel signed with LSU just before the season began.

The Rebels will certainly miss their seniors next season, as the team is set to graduate six. Porrier, Delauneville and Haydel are joined with catcher Chase Emerson, second baseman David Mabile and pitcher Jonathan Giroir as the squad veterans. But that also leaves five returning starters to a state championship team, which should be considered far from a push-over for next season. With that said, the seniors on this team were all clutch players who stepped up their game as the competition got tougher. Porrier was a shining star in the Rebels semi-finals game with a walk-off home run to cap a 3-of-4 performance from the batter’s box to go with his start on the mound. Delauneville came through all season for Riverside, with high productivity on offense and defense. The boys said that they have something to contribute to their new teams.

&#8220I liked the team, the coaches,” Porrier said of his decision to attend Nicholls. &#8220It seemed like a good situation.”

&#8220Let’s do it,” Delauneville said during the signing on crutches fresh from post-season knee surgery. &#8220We’ve got to graduate in about 20 minutes.”