Monday, June 6, 2016

East Ascension pitcher McInnis signs with Southern

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- Falling behind and facing a bases-loaded jam with no outs, East Ascension decided to cut the day short for ace Austin Millet, and instead, looked to an inexperienced sophomore named Austin McInnis to stop the bleeding.

McInnis was nervous. He went into the game never expecting to take the mound.

Despite the anxiety, the youngster pushed through and quickly showed what kind of potential he possessed. He struck out 10 Acadiana batters, gave up just one hit and never let the Rams score again.

That performance didn’t just impress his coaches at East Ascension.

“We got on the bus and headed back for Gonzales, and I got a call from a coach named Elliot Jones. I had no idea who he was,” McInnis said. “He told me that he was with Southern University. He really liked what he saw out of me, and he told me he was going to come back and watch some more.”

McInnis’ play that day and the phone call that followed all led to him proudly signing his letters of intent last Tuesday evening.


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