Minden's Turner Francis signs with LSU-Eunice

Minden's Turner Francis signs with LSU-Eunice

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Minden's Turner Francis signs with LSU-Eunice

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Playing baseball at a high level won’t be new for Turner Francis, who will continue his career at LSU-Eunice after signing a scholarship.

What will be a little different for Turner is not being coached by father Dean Francis, the long-time Minden coach who has coached his son for most of his baseball life.

“It’s going to be a change, but he’s got me ready,” said Turner, who played with his brother Trace for the last two seasons at Minden. “It’ll be different, but I will have to get used to it.”

Francis, a co-MVP in District 1-4A, batted .539 wit 44 RBIs in a powerful Minden lineup.

He’s played shortstop the past two seasons after moving from second base, but he said he’ll likely be a second or third-baseman 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 were interested. They were the first ones to tell me that.

“The (Minden) lineup had so many seniors, and hitting was contagious. It let everybody do their do their thing.”

Francis helped Minden to a No. 16 seed and a second-round playoff spot, where the Tide (18-15) pushed St. Thomas More in a 3-2 loss.

He added that LSU-E is a popular landing spot for Minden players, saying that Derek Harrington just finished his career there and signed with UL-Lafayette. Older brother Dalton Harrington

Baseball all-star games

Five area baseball players were selected for the Louisiana High School Coaches Association All-Star baseball games to be held May 30-31 at North Park in Denham Springs.

Selections to the West team include Benton pitchers Jordan Shaffer and Aaron Henigan, Minden infielder Turner Francis, Evangel infielder Miller Parker and Natchitoches Central pitcher Connor Collins

North DeSoto coach Bo Odom will serve as the West coordinator for the event.

These graduating seniors were picked by a baseball all-star selection committee comprised of coaches.

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