Louisiana Baseball POY: Jared Poche

Louisiana Baseball POY: Jared Poche

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Louisiana Baseball POY: Jared Poche

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THE WINNER: Jared Poche

THE BASICS

School: Lutcher (La.)
Grade: Senior
Position: LHP/1B
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 195 pounds

Athletic achievement: He led the Buccaneers (30-4) to the Class 4A state championship this past season. Poche posted an 11-0 record, a 0.65 ERA and 123 strikeouts in 70 innings. The 2013 District MVP and a Louisiana Mr. Baseball finalist, he tossed a one-hit, complete game shutout with 11 strikeouts in a 4-0 win over St. Thomas More in the state title clincher. Offensively, he batted .389 with six home runs, 36 RBI, 34 runs scored and a .716 slugging percentage.

Academic excellence: Poche has maintained a 3.46 GPA.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally as a youth baseball coach and umpire and on behalf of multiple community service initiatives in association with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

THE PRAISE

“Jared Poche is a tremendous student-athlete,” said Lutcher head coach Davey Clement. “Even though he has a scholarship to one of the best programs in the nation, he doesn’t act like it. He is a very humble person and enjoys helping players younger than him.”

THE FUTURE: Poche has signed with LSU, but is projected as an early round selection in next month’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

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