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Blake Trahan, a Kinder High School graduate, plays shortstop for Louisiana-Lafayette. (Special to the American Press)

Blake Trahan, a Kinder High School graduate, plays shortstop for Louisiana-Lafayette. (Special to the American Press)

Trahan earns honor to play for country

Last Modified: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 2:34 PM

By Jim Gazzolo / American Press

LAFAYETTE — Blake Trahan’s stock continues to rise.

The Kinder High product and Louisiana-Lafayette baseball star is getting more an more attention as his college career continues.

Last week the sophomore shortstop accepted an invitation to play with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this summer.

By doing so he becomes the first in Cajun history to accept the honor.

“To have someone invited to represent your country is probably the highest reward a player can get for his hard work and effort,” head coach Tony Robichaux said. “Blake has worked very hard to get to this point. He is extremely deserving of this honor. This is such a great thing for the university to have another athlete represent the name around the world this summer with Elrid Payton getting the chance to do the same thing last year.”

Trahan, who burst onto the scene last year as a freshman for the Cajuns, is hitting .337 this year. He has scored 48 runs and driven in 36 while hitting three home runs for 46-7 ULL, which has been ranked as high as No. 1 in the country during the season.

“I think Blake’s success this season is due to the freshman year he had,” Robichaux added. “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 has been just as good in the field, committing just eight errors in the first 53 games.

“I never imagined that I would get the opportunity to represent USA baseball,” Trahan said. “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.”

He showed off for the home folks when he played at McNeese earlier this season. In the Cajun win, he homered and drove in a pair of runs to lead the ULL attack.

As a true freshman Trahan hit .319 with four homers and 38 RBIs while going 13-for-13 in stolen bases. He led the team in starts, starting in all 62 games he played for ULL.

For his efforts he was named the Sun Belt Conference’s Freshman of the Year.

The 2014 Collegiate National Team will be coached by Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn. The team’s assistant coaches include Rob Childress (head coach at Texas A&M), Ray Birmingham (head coach at New Mexico) and Steve Rodriguez (head coach at Pepperdine).

The Collegiate National Team will play games against Chinese Taipei and Japan on U.S. soil while also making trips to The Netherlands for the Honkbal- Haarlem Baseball Week and to Havana, Cuba for a Friendship Series against Cuba. The Collegiate National Baseball team begins play on June 21 with the Red, White and Blue Tour in various cities across the United States.

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