NEW ORLEANS-William Good, an aspiring junior at Jesuit High School, has been named New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month in July after leading Retif Oil to the Louisiana American Legion Baseball Championship. Monthly award winners are selected by the Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
The Jesuit-based Legion team posted a record of 17-2 as it rolled to its 17th American Legion title through the ages. The championship ended on July 13 with a 5-1 victory over Gibbs Construction at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium. The Legion Championship for the Blue Jays followed up their LHSAA Division I state championship – it’s the first time since 1980 that the Blue Jays have swept both titles and the first time for a local school since Archbishop Rummel won the state title 4A, and then there is the Schaff Brothers squad won the Legion title in 1987.
In this year’s Legion Championship game, Good delivered an RBI single in the fifth round and then a base-loaded single to drive home two races at the bottom of the sixth round.
“William Good, the moment is not too big for him,” said Jesuit coach Kenneth Goodlett. “He’s going to be a junior, and he’s a clutch player for us. He enjoys those moments. He had a great shot with the first big hit. Then they deliberately loaded the bases, which was the right game, to get to them, and he came up with another big hit to score two races.
In the July 10 matches, Good .412 (14-of-34) with a triple and a team-best 11 races beaten in addition to a couple of stolen bases. In two games on the mound, Good went 2-0 with a perfect 0.00 ERA. In 10 rounds, he allowed no races on two hits. He went only three strokes and struck out 17.
Good earned the credit of another baseball star and a local golfer.
Xavier University of Louisiana’s Blair Frederick, a graduate of Brother Martin High School, had a unique July while playing for the Batavia (NY) Muckdogs from the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. The left-hander made three starts for the Muckdogs and posted a 2-0 record with a 0.61 ERA. He hit 14 2/3 innings, allowing for eight hits and one earned run while striking out 12. On July 30, he was named the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Pitcher of the Week after throwing 11.1 innings of finishing baseball. .
Andrew Noto, a Luling and Hahnville High graduate, won the 2021 Mackel – New Orleans Metro Amateur Golf Championship – for the second time. The 31-year-old, who also won the tournament when he was in college in 2011, was equal to enter the final round on July 11 and then voted three birdies in the top nine to pull away. He shot a final round of 69 to finish on an 8-under 136 to win the tournament by four strokes. Noto was a two-time All-Louisiana golfer as a colleague at UL Lafayette.
The Greater New Orleans Sports Awards Committee has selected one Amateur Athlete of the Month every month since 1957. The athlete must be a native of the greater New Orleans area or must compete for a team in the metropolitan area to qualify.
Newest Amateur Athletes of the Month in New Orleans:
July William Good Baseball Retif Oil Legion
June Raven Nunnery Track John Curtis Christian School
May Zack Casebonne Baseball Jesuit High School
April Jared Butler Basketball Baylor University
Mars Stafford Agee Powerlifting Holy Cross High School
February Jacob and Evan Frost Wrestling Holy Cross High School
January Jared Butler Basketball Baylor University
December Mandel Eugene Football St. Charles Catholic High School
November AJ Samuel Football Edna Karr High School
October Gage Larvadain Football Riverside Academy
September Cameron Carroll Football Tulane University
August Jacob and Evan Frost Wrestling Bayou Elite Wrestling Club
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