HL Bourgeois senior baseball player Peyton LeBoeuf wanted a chance to make history.
He’ll get his chance starting next year, when he’s allowed to play college baseball for the Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans.
Starting with the 2020-21 season, Xavier will field a college baseball team for the first time since 1960. Xavier is an NAIA college.
The gold rush is led by head coach Adrian Holloway, a former head coach at Selma University.
“It was the right fit for me,” said LeBoeuf. “Coach Holloway gave me a great opportunity to be separated from the story with Xavier. I love the atmosphere at the school and how excited the students and faculty were to have a baseball program. “
LeBoeuf recently signed his national letter of intent to play for Xavier. He chose the gold rush because of other offerings from Holmes Community College in Mississippi, Bismarck State College in North Dakota, and Fayetteville Tech in North Carolina. He was also interested in Louisiana Monroe.
“It feels great to finally sign and achieve what I’ve worked on throughout my baseball career,” said LeBoeuf.
LeBoeuf has played various positions for HL Bourgeois including third base, shortstop, second base and first base. He also promoted the Braves. He expects to play either in the middle infield or as a corner player in college.
LeBoeuf said he would help make Xavier’s baseball program a contender for regional and national awards in the NAIA ranks.
“I hope I can bring a lot of energy and leadership to the team so that we can do great things as a new program,” said LeBoeuf. “Everyone is thrilled to be separated from the story with Xavier. I think that I can fit in perfectly when I’m surrounded by such a great atmosphere and people who want to achieve the same goals. I hope that in my first year there we can win a conference championship and hopefully win a NAIA championship title. “
HL Bourgeois chief baseball coach Corey Sullivan said Xavier was a great place for LeBoeuf.
“It’s great for Peyton because he’s an amazing young man,” said Sullivan. “He loves the game of baseball. I think he will be very successful there. I really believe that just because he loves the game of baseball he will go ahead and have a great career at the next level. He has a great head on his shoulders. “
As a junior last year, LeBoeuf was a first-team pick as an infielder on the District 7-5A team and a utility player on the Best of Bayou Preps all-star baseball team. He was honored with honors on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s All-State Class 5A team.
In his senior season with HL Bourgeois, LeBoeuf led the Braves to a 5-5 record. The baseball season ended early due to the spread of the coronavirus, which also ended his school year with HL Bourgeois.
The Braves have won five of their last six games before the virus stalled matters.
“It was very difficult,” said LeBoeuf. “We had an exciting young group of players who were just starting to figure it out. We turned around as a team and it was just heartbreaking to end like that. “
LeBoeuf said dealing with the virus will help him become a better athlete in the future.
“It will help me when I realize that every time I step on the field I have to do my best and play it all because you never know when it will be your last,” said LeBoeuf.
Sullivan said LeBoeuf rose to be a leader for young athletes on the team.
“Peyton has been a great leader for us. He was like captain of the ship to the players on the field, ”said Sullivan. “I’m proud of the seniors who lead our team, especially Peyton. He has a great family. His parents support him. He has everything to himself. I am very proud of this young man. He will go on and be very successful. “
After signing his National Letter of Intent, LeBoeuf took time to thank all of his supporters, including his parents – James and Brandy LeBoeuf.
“I want to thank my parents for making me the person and ball player I am,” said LeBoeuf. “Without your support, I would not have achieved the things that I have.”
LeBoeuf, who plans to someday study medicine with Xavier and become a chiropractor, appreciates the support and help of his trainers.
“I would also like to thank Coach Sullivan and Coach Josh Smith of HL along with Coach Joe Teuton and Coach Tristan Rodgers for giving me such great opportunities to play high school baseball and improve my skills in front of college coaches with the Southland Hogs.” demonstrate.” Said LeBoeuf. “I’d also like to thank Zach Hebert and Brock Hebert of the Farm System Baseball and Softball Academy for making me the athlete I’ve become.”