Coach Bo Odom’s North DeSoto Griffins weren’t able to repeat as Class 3A state baseball champions, but Odom managed to do something he could not last season
On the strength of a return to the state semifinals, Odom has been named the Coach of the Year on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A All-State baseball team.
“It is a little surprising with all the great coaches in 3A, and it’s a privilege just to be mentioned with them,” said Odom, who had to replace Class 3A All-State Player of the Year Matt Martin and All-Area Pitcher of the Year Jared West.
“There are a lot of coaches doing a good job in 3A. It’s humbling.”
Odom led his Griffins to a 28-5 record and a berth in the Class 3A semifinals. North DeSoto ripped off a 23-game win streak from early March until the final game of the regular season, helping the Griffins secure the No. 1 seed in the state playoffs.
“It was rewarding,” Odom said. “All the coaches, (Chris) Cangelose, (Shannon) Cunningham, we had so much fun coaching these guys. We won a lot of close games that we wouldn’t have won in the past without that confidence.”
Odom is joined on the first team by third baseman Louis Vig, who hit .431 with five home runs, and two-way standout Austin Pinnick, who was selected as a pitcher after going 12-1.
Pinnick’s success didn’t come via overpowering stuff. Instead, he tended to outthink hitters.
“People would ask, ‘What’s he throwing?’ I’d say, ’76-77.’ They’d say, ‘Aw, come on coach,'” Odom said. “The key to it was he threw his other three pitches for strikes.”