Sunday, July 10, 2016

Hanson’s John Guienze the 2 inks with Southern University

NEW IBERIA, Louisiana -- A baseball showcase held May 25 at Southern University proved to be just that for Hanson graduate John Guienze — a chance to showcase his baseball talents and earn an invitation to play for the Jaguars.

“Me and my mom decided to go (to the showcase),” Guienze said this week after signing a letter of intent to play baseball at SU. “I was a pitcher there and I did fairly well. The coach pulled me aside and told me he wanted me to be a part of the team.”

Though he took a little time to make up his mind, Guienze said that after a vacation he took a visit to the north Baton Rouge campus and liked what he saw, including a nice new indoor practice facility that’s under construction.

“I think it’s a real good place for John,” Hanson head baseball coach Ryan Stoute said. “I was excited when things came full circle for him. He has a chance to play at a Division I school. Southern wins the SWAC (Southwestern Athletic Conference) year in and year out, and they have a chance to be in the playoffs every year.”

Guienze had visited Centenary College in Shreveport the week before the showcase at Southern, and liked the campus there as well. But he felt Southern was a better place for him, he said, not least becaCONuse it’s closer to home — less than two hours away from home as opposed to nearly four hours away.


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