Gordy Bourque nearing SM’s home run mark
It has been a roller coaster ride of a season for the St. Martinville Sr. High baseball team.
A young Tiger squad, featuring four sophomores and two freshmen starters, has let its inexperience show at times, compiling a 9-12 overall record.
Although collectively inconsistent, one constant fans can look forward to in every game has been the play of shortstop Gordy Bourque, one of only two seniors on the team and a four-year starter. He has been the backbone of the Tiger lineup and is making a name for himself in the Acadiana area.
Bourque currently has a .576 batting average, a .927 slugging percentage, with 24 RBIs, 35 runs, 11 doubles and 16 stolen bases.
Overshadowing these impressive numbers are the nine home runs he has hit thus far this season. With five games remaining, he is only two homers shy of tying the school’s single season HR record, currently held by Josh Theriot (1998).
“The record would be nice,” says Bourque, “but my first concern is making the playoffs. I’m the only one on the team who’s reached the playoffs and it would be nice to be able to say I led my team back there in my senior season.” St. Martinville’s last playoff appearance was in 2005, Bourque’s freshman year.
Bourque has hit two home runs this season against the five remaining district foes. “It’s going to be tough because everyone left on our schedule has some pretty good pitching,” he says. “I’ll just try to keep doing what I’ve been doing, and make contact. I never try to hit home runs, I just guess right sometimes.”
Three more good guesses will have Bourque sitting all alone in the Tiger baseball record book.