2017 NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune All-Metro Baseball Team
Updated May 24, 2017
Posted May 24, 2017
2017 All-Metro Baseball Team
In our second season of having one team instead of the former Large and Small School teams, here are our top 26 baseball players from 2017.
Most Valuable Player: Cade Beloso, John Curtis, Jr.
One of the tougher choices we have had to make, Beloso beat out Mason Vicknair and Chalmette’s Hunter Bell for the top spot. Maybe it was the three-run homer in the Division I state championship game that pushed the junior over the top or just his knack for coming up big when the Patriots needed him most. Beloso knocked in three runs in the quarterfinals and one in the semifinals against Rummel. Overall in four playoff games, he knocked in seven runs and scored five times.
Coach of the Year: Jeff Curtis, John Curtis
In just his second season taking over for his brother Johnny Curtis, who moved to Indiana to become an assistant football coach at Ball State, he put the Patriots back on top with the school’s eighth state title and first in the LHSAA’s highest classification. He did so with a team that featured just one senior, as he curated a pitching staff that was dominant and a lineup that could hit for power from 1 through 9 in the batting order. In fact, winning the Catholic League might have been more impressive than taking the Division I state title in going through more than a month of some of the state’s top baseball programs. It would not be a surprise to see Curtis back in this same position next season.
P Ian Landreneau, John Curtis, Jr.
How do you top pitching a no-hitter in the Division I state championship game? Not sure if making the All-Metro team does that, but Landreneau is certainly worthy of the bid. For the season, he was 8-1 with a 1.88 ERA, and he struck out 75 batters against 20 walks.
C Jay Curtis, John Curtis, Jr.
Last year Curtis made the team as an infielder, and this year he’s back as the lone catcher. To go with his .317 batting average, he hit six home runs and led the team with 40 RBIs. He had five RBIs in the Division I quarterfinals series against Evangel, including a long home run in Game 2.
IF Cade Beloso, John Curtis, Jr.
Another first baseman to make the team, Beloso was one of the metro-area’s top clutch hitters, as shown in the Division I state championship game. After John Curtis whiffed on scoring with two men on in the second inning, Beloso hit a three-run bomb to right field in the third that put the game away with the way Ian Landreneau – who tossed a no-hitter – was pitching. For the season, the Catholic League MVP hit eight homers with 39 RBIs, and he walked 19 times.
UTIL Dax Ford, John Curtis, Jr.
Doing it all for the Patriots, Ford (2) saved his best performance for the Division I semifinals game against Catholic League-rival Rummel. He struck out the side in the first two innings, and finished off a three-hit shutout with 13 punch-outs for the game. For the season, Ford was just as impressive at the plate, hitting .346 with 31 RBIs and was walked a team-leading 31 times. As a pitcher and center fielder, he did not commit an error all season.
Austin Haensel, John Curtis
Brandon Davis, John Curtis
Jordin LaBruzza, John Curtis