Bottom of the ninth; Redemptorist plays final home game
BATON ROUGE - The Redemptorist High baseball team played its final home game Wednesday night at Emerald Park against Oak Grove.
The game, more than just a match on the diamond; this was a goodbye for alumni and students. The last class will graduate this Friday and the school will officially close later this month. The diocese made the decision because of dwindling enrollment. Supports of the school raised money and attempted to save the school but did not succeed.
The Wolf Pack packed the house with over 600 people in attendance. Even alumni from the class of 1952 were there to cheer on the Wolves as the reality of the school closing and this being the last baseball game, settled in.
"It's a very sad evening, under any circumstances," said Johnny Couvillion, class of '70.
At the park's entrance, the class of '65 displayed their championship trophy. That year, the Redemptorist High baseball team won state.
Matt Kimbrough watched the game from above in the press box. He's a retired radio voice who had two kids play ball at Redemptorist and an incoming freshman who will graduate from somewhere else after the school closes.
"This school is a family, it truly is a family from top to bottom," he said. "It doesn't matter what sport you play, doesn't matter what sport you're into, it's truly a family and that's one thing these kids are going to miss out on."
Like the fight to save the school, Redemptorist lost 11 to 6.
The final class of Redemptorist high graduates this Friday, May 8.