NV head coach Jeremy Trahan, who also played his college baseball at Louisiana College, said he has not even had to players sign with a college in the same season before.
“These guys are probably the fourth and fifth guys who have signed since I’ve been here,” said Trahan. “Chris Bridges, who played for me my first year (coaching) is already there (at Lousiaiana College). It’s nice to send somewhere that I know is a nice place with a good coaching staff and a good community.
“I enjoyed my four years there, so , I definitely they’ll enjoy it.”
Roy and Dupuy have played ball together since they were in seventh grade and have grown into close friends since. Both began in the sport at the T-ball level, and their families became friends while watching them play youth baseball.
“We’re best friends, through school, through baseball and everything. We’ve always been playing together,” said Dupuy. “We both started as freshman. Through hard times and good times, we’ve always been right there... I think we both lucked out getting this opportunity to play baseball at LC.”
Roy agreed, stating he felt going to the next level with his best friend would be a plus.
“It’s going to be an advantage going with a friend to start off (in college),” he said.
Roy, the District 9-3A MVP this season, played catcher and pitcher for the Patriots. He batted .281 with eight doubles and one home run this year. He had 22 RBIs and scored 23 runs. Roy also stole 11 bases without getting caught once.
On the mound, he was 6-3 with one save and a 2.20 ERA. In 57 1/3 innings pitched, Roy struck out 62 and walked just 29.
He said he will try to concentrate on catching when he gets to the collegiate level.
“Pitching is still there but I’m really going for catching,” he said. “Catching is what I’ve wanted to do since I was young.”
Roy also played soccer for North Vermilion.
Dupuy, mainly a middle infielder for the Patriots, batted .386 for his senior campaign. He had five doubles, four home runs, 15 RBIs and scored 37 runs. He also stole 12 bases.
Dupuy, who made the 9-3A All-District first team at second base, said he would like to continue in the middle infield in college, but will play anywhere his new coaches ask.
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Roy said he intends on majoring in general studies with an toward a coaching career, while Dupuy said he is keeping his options open.
“I might go to be a coach and a teacher, which is what I’d love to do,” he said. “Or, I might go to be a physical therapist... Athletics has always been a part of my life. I couldn’t live without it being a part of it.”
Trahan said the leadership both Roy and Dupuy exhibited on his team will be missed.
“They were both four-year starters for us and have done some good things here,” he said. “They were both great leaders for us... They both led in their own way. We’re going to need some people to step up (next year) to replace them.”
Likewise, both Roy and Dupuy said they will miss playing for the red, white and blue.
“I enjoyed it a lot,” said Roy. “My senior year was a big success for having four seniors on the field and eight freshmen coming up.”
Dupuy, who was also a major contributor to NV sports as a receiver on the football team, concurred.
“This is the most a team I’ve been on has ever been a family,” he said. “District champs, tied for the most wins ever (for NV), I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end my high school career in baseball.”
Roy is the son of David and Tammy Roy of Meaux.
Dupuy, whose sister Brooke also plays on the NV softball team is the son of Carl and Tamara Dupuy of Maurice.