Story by: Jonathan Willard/Student Reporter
Interview by: Spencer Villavaso/Film and Video Crew
The St. Augustine Purple Knights opened baseball season with a busy schedule. The Purple Knights played their season opener on Wednesday, February 24, against McDonogh 35, and have had consecutive games from Thursday through Sunday in the Edna Karr tournament at Perry Roehm Stadium. St. Aug has been off to a great start this year going 3-0 thus far with a 28-4 victory against McD 35, a 2-1 win against Warren Easton, and a 21-3 win against Peabody.
The Purple Knights officially started their season with brothers and alumni Lorenzo and Lee Doss throwing the ceremonial first pitch. The two were standout athletes at St. Aug playing football, baseball, and running track. Lorenzo is a 2012 graduate while Lee is a 2009 graduate of St. Augustine. Both went on to play division one football and eventually be All-Americans. Lorenzo was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2015 and was a member of the 2016 Super Bowl-winning team while Lee was signed by the Washington Redskins in 2014 in free agency.
On opening night against McD 35, the Knights were led by great batting from the entire team as well as terrific field play and pitching from Cornell Carter, Jordan Vititeau, and Darrell Landry. St. Aug had their way with the Roneagles, hitting with ease, stealing several bases, and scoring 16 runs before McD 35, could even score one. The Knights were led by Justice McCoy, Darrell Landry, Perre’ Barbarin, Andrew Sceau, and Brandon Watson. All scored multiple runs, had many RBIs, and Brandon Watson even scored an inside-the-park homerun.
St. Aug continued play the following day in a tougher game against the Warren Easton Fighting Eagles. Despite Easton’s strong pitching, the Knights were still victorious in a 2-1 victory thanks to scores from Cornell Carter and Brandon Watson as well as phenomenal pitching from underclassmen Dwayne McGill and Michael Mimms. In the next game the following day, the Purple Knights played another dominant game, beating the Peabody Warhorses 20-5.
The Knights ended the Karr tournament with two impressive wins on Saturday and Sunday. The Purple Knights defeated Madison Prep in an impressive 13-0 victory on Saturday. The Knights then went on to win their highly anticipated game against the Edna Karr Cougars 8-3 on Sunday. St. Aug held a lead for the entire game through great team play and effort. The Purple Knights ended the tournament with a 4-0 record and a 5-0 record in the regular season. The Knights will continue play against Patterson High School on Tuesday, March 1st at Nicholls State.
Spencer Villavaso interviews Lorenzo Doss ’12