DRY PRONG – Louisiana College’s pipeline through Dry Prong continues to be fruitful at Grant.
Grant catcher Austin Futrell signed with the Wildcats Tuesday, reuniting him with former Cougar catcher Garrett Parker.
“I’m glad I’m staying close to home and saving a lot of money,” Futrell said. “I’m so glad I get to play baseball at the next level. That’s been my dream ever since I was little.”
As the Cougars’ clean-up hitter, Futrell batted .448 with eight doubles, 18 RBI and 28 runs scored. His production helped Grant finish second to Tioga in District 3-4A and make it to the second round of the LHSAA Class 4A playoffs.
Importantly, Futrell will miss the fun that he and his team had.
“We were a huge family and everybody had each other’s back,” Futrell said. “I can’t explain the chemistry that the team had with each other.”
Bolton coach Jason LaChica, who coached Futrell in his sophomore year and against him the last two seasons in district play, had high praises for his former player.
“Coaching against Austin was very hard,” LaChica said. “He’s a very tough out. He’s very hard to coach against and to predict.”
LaChica added, “It was enjoyable to coach (him). He just had so much to learn. He was like a sponge, asking (questions) and spending time (after practice). He’s a constant learner and that’s a joy to coach.”
At LC, Futrell plans to go into pre-optometry, while he still wants to help out with the Cougars whenever he can.
“I’m going to miss playing on the field with all those boys, but I’m looking forward to the four years with guys that I’m going to make my family as well.”