Ouachita senior Caleb Armstrong will continue his baseball playing days at the collegiate level after verbally committing to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Armstrong, a pitcher and second baseman for the Lions, said he felt “at home” on his visit to Lafayette.
“The facilities they are getting to be some of the best in the country,” Armstrong said of the Ragin’ Cajuns. “The coaches were great. It felt like home.”
Armstrong is a three-time All-District 2-5A selection. He also held offers from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and LSU-Eunice.
Ouachita won the first Class 5A playoff baseball game for the program since 2003 and first playoff victory of any kind since the 2007 season.
Armstrong batted .354 10 doubles and 24 RBI as a junior. He overcame Tommy John surgery after his freshman year to be one of the best pitchers in 2-5A last season with four different pitches at his disposal.
“Having four pitches is something that is rare at most levels,” Ouachita coach Josh Morrison said. “Since the day he stepped foot on campus he has been different. He is relentless. He gives you everything he has, every day.”
Armstrong joins a local recruiting list from Northeast Louisiana joining the Cajuns that includes Ridge Heisler of Mangham and Oliver Campbell of Neville.
UL Lafayette has dominated the Sun Belt Conference and made a Super Regional in 2014 as well as the College World Series in 2000.
“The Sun Belt is an excellent conference for baseball,” Morrison said. “(Armstrong) has the stuff. Caleb, like all of our pitchers, has jumped 2-3 miles per hour in velocity due to our offseason training each year. He has developed a two-seam fastball and slider. He has perfected his changeup and has command of all four of his pitches in the strike zone.”
Armstrong says he plans to major in education. He would like to pursue a career teaching special education and coaching in the future.
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