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Cassard signs four players for 2009 baseball recruiting class

July 17, 2009

Loyola head baseball coach Gerald Cassard has announced the signing of four players for his 2009 recruiting class. Joining the Wolfpack are Matthew Guerry, Anthony Sofio III, Caleb Templet and John Tyree.

Matthew Guerry lettered four years in baseball at Episcopal High School of Baton Rouge, and during that time the team won a state title in 2004. Guerry was named District MVP and first team All-State as a senior. A utility player for the Knights, the 6-foot right-hander will be used as a pitcher for the Wolfpack. Guerry plans to major in political science.

Anthony Sofio III, who attended high school at Holy Cross in New Orleans, comes to Loyola after playing one season at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. In high school, Sofio was first-team All-District as a receiver in football and lettered three years in baseball for the Demons. A 5-foot 8-inch outfielder, Sofio hit .390 with three home runs, 25 RBI and stole 12 bases as a senior while being named All-District Honorable Mention. Sofio will study business at Loyola.

Caleb Templet, a 6-foot-1-inch infielder, is a native of Sorrento, where he graduated from St. Amant High School. For the Gators, he played soccer for one year and lettered two years in baseball. During his senior season, he hit .380 with six home runs, had 30 RBI and was named first team All-Parish and second team All-District. Templet will major in biology/pre-medicine.

John Tyree, a 6-foot-1-inch right-handed pitcher, graduated from Destrehan High School. Tyree lettered four years in baseball for the Wildcats and was named All-District, All-River Parish and was an Academic All-State Honorable Mention as a senior. He finished his high school career with a 24-11 record, posted a 2.75 ERA and saved eight games. Tyree, who graduated cum laude, will study biology/pre-medicine at Loyola.

“We are extremely excited about having these young men as a part of our program,” said Cassard. “They are exceptional on the field and in the classroom. We are expecting them to make an immediate impact.”

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