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Five Baseball Bears sign on to play college ball

Catholic High School had five baseball players sign National Letters of Intent on Wednesday to play college baseball.

Seniors Clayton Pourciau, Cole Cranford, Alex Ainsworth, Harris Waghalter, Michael Sutton were the signees.

Head Coach Brad Bass says he's proud of all five young men and say they are all incredibly talented and hard workers.

"Clayton is a true leader," Coach Bass said about Pourciau, who signed with UL Lafayette. "It's like I have a coach on the field with him. He's a field general that helps keep the pulse of the team."

As a junior, Pourciau had a .330 batting average, led the team in doubles with 10, and had 27 RBIs in 35 games.

Tulane signee Cole Cranford batted .224 a year ago with a .376 OBP in 33 games, he also pitched 6.2 innings as a junior allowing 4 hits and striking out 7.

"He's one of the most dialed in players I've ever coach," Coach Bass said of Cranford. "He has an incredible work ethic and a great mind set. I never doubt what Cole is capable of."

Alex Ainsworth also signed with Tulane, he started five games for the Bears last season with a 3-1 record and a 3.15 ERA in 26.2 innings of work. He had the second most strikeouts on the team with 30 and only walked 15 batters.

"He's been battle tested," Coach Bass said about Ainsworth. "He's a smart kid, dedicated to be the best version of himself. He's risen to the challenge of being a leader in our clubhouse. He was really good last season, but the best is yet to come."

Michael Sutton will be heading to Mississippi College, he pitched 11.2 innings for the Bears a year ago in 10 appearances earning two wins and a save. Sutton had a impressive 1.20 ERA, with 7 strikeouts and 6 walks.

"He's an incredible competitor," Coach Bass said. "We love when Michael has the ball in his hand. He's got the attitude of a cage fighter on the mound."

Harris Waghalter signed on with the Southeastern Lions. He started 9 games for the Bears a season ago, with an 8-1 record and a 1.34 ERA. Waghalter struck out 44 batters and only walked 20 last season, he also collected 6 hits in 34 at bats.

"He's a guy you want on your team," Coach Bass said. "In his mind, he's 6'6, 350 lbs. He works hard and competes every day."