By RODRICK ANDERSON
Southpaw pitcher Jake Brown’s future is bright.
The Sulphur High School sophomore to be verbally committed to national powerhouse LSU last week.
“LSU has always been my dream school and after talking with Coach Mainieri and the other coaches I felt that LSU is the best place for me to be,” Brown said.
He also had offers from Arkansas, UL-Lafayette, McNeese and Texas.
In the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season, Brown went 1-0 in three starts with a 2.55 earned run average in 11 innings. He struck out 19 batters and walked 11.
In his first varsity game against Opelousas Catholic, he struck out 10 batters in four innings but was hit with a no-decision. He got his first varsity win against Hahnville, going five innings with nine strikeouts and four walks while allowing one hit and no runs.
Brown said that the virus outbreak has had a surprisingly good side effect, more time to train.
“Games haven’t really changed much besides the canceling of the high school season, but I feel that the virus has surprisingly helped me train more,” Brown said. “Due to the extra free time, I’m able to go pitch and hit more often.
“I’ve been doing a lot of strength training in the weight room to get stronger as well as throwing plenty of bullpens to work on pitching mechanics, location, and spin on the ball with Jared Gothreaux. I’ve also been doing a bunch of hitting with Coach Todd Butler.”
Sulphur head coach Sam Moore said that Brown effectively throws a fastball, changeup, slider and curveball and will only get better.
“He has thrown the ball well and had some good showcases where his velocity if up to 87,” Moore said. “He has shown that he knows what do to on the mound.
“The thing that impresses me about him is his demeanor and presence on the mound. He has a plan, knows how to attack hitter and knows how to pitch at an early age. He is only going to develop and get better from here. He has a tremendous work ethic.”
Brown helped Team Louisiana-Ardoin win the Class of 2023 championship last week at the New Balance Future Stars Series National tournament. In a 9-4 semifinal win over LA Knights 15U Gray, Brown allowed two earned runs in five and one-third innings with six strikeouts and four walks. In a 10-2 win over Next Level Baseball in pool play, Brown struck out nine over six innings while allowing one earned run and six hits.