Cajun Shortstop Blake Trahan To Play With Team USA
Ragin' Cajun shortstop Blake Trahan will play with the USA baseball Collegiate National team, becoming the first baseball player in school history to do so.
By accepting the invite, the sophomore will represent Louisiana's Ragin' Cajun baseball team around the world.
The USA Collegiate National Team will travel to the Netherlands and Havana, Cuba. They'll also remain in the U.S. for matchups with Chinese Taipei and Japan.
“I never imagined that I would get the opportunity to represent USA baseball,” Trahan told ragincajuns.com. “I feel blessed to receive this honor. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without great teammates and amazing coaches that have helped me to become the player that I am today.”
Speaking of coaches, UL head coach Tony Robichaux feels that Trahan has earned this honor, both for his play on the field, and life off it.
“I think Blake’s success this season is due to the freshman year he had,” Robichaux explained to ragincajuns.com. “He is one of the few guys I’ve coached that as a freshman really slowed the game down and played above his chronological age at one of the toughest positions to play in baseball in shortstop. He’s not only deserving of this athletically, but also because of his character off of the field and leadership in the clubhouse.”
Trahan is have a standout sophomore season for the #2 ranked team in the Country. Batting .342, he's scored 46 runs on 65 hits including 9 doubles and 3 home runs to go with 35 RBI. He leads the Cajuns in walks with 35.
“To have someone invited to represent your country is probably the highest reward a player can get for his hard work and effort,” Robichaux said. “Blake has worked very hard to get to this point. He is extremely deserving of this honor"
Trahan and his USA teammates will begin their summer of play on June 21 with the Red, White and Blue Tour in various cities across the United States.