Ethan Alston might not be a name you recognize off-hand in the Pine Belt, but the transfer from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Louisiana hopes to not only make an impact this spring with Presbyterian Christian, but also with Tulane University as he signed to further his baseball career with the Green Wave Wednesday.
“It is awesome to even be considered to such a great school as Tulane,” said Alston. “The first day they contacted me I was like, ‘wow, this is happening.’ I just want to thank coach [Travis] Jewett, coach [Jay] Uhlman, and coach [Daniel] Latham at Tulane for the honor of being considered for a chance to play at Tulane."
Alston explained his move to the Pine Belt and specifically Presbyterian Christian School.
“My hitting coach and coach Hoffpauir are good friends. I went to St. Thomas Aquinas my whole life and just thinking it was time to get to a different environment and different people. Coach Hoffpauir is a really good coach. I love him. It was a great move up here. They made it easy for me. For three hours a day, I get to work with coach Hoffpauir and even on days where we can’t get to work, he finds time for us to get to work.”
Alston also said that the decision was easy to decide on Tulane University to continue playing baseball at the college level.
“It was very easy to commit. As soon as they started talking to me they were hands-on. They brought me in to see practices, games, and things like that. Once Tulane offered me my mind was set. Being from Louisiana it was like my home away from home.”
“I just want to contribute to PCS and help the team grow,” said Alston on playing this spring for the Bobcats. “I want to be able to keep improving myself and be the best person I can be on and off the field.”
Head baseball coach Jarrett Hoffpauir was excited for Alston.
“I had heard about him and as I got to know him, you understand what kind of person he is,” said Hoffpauir. “He’s a great baseball player, but he’s a good person. He’s a hard worker and the type of player you want on your team. It has been a blessing for us.”
“He is an infielder. He will play a lot of second, shortstop, and third depending on who is pitching. He is very versatile, explained Hoffpauir. “He can run and has the potential to be a five-tool player. He is a fun kid to be around and coach. He’s been a good leader. He has stepped right in as a senior leader. He’s been working hard and we expect him to hit at the top of the lineup and be a guy in the middle on defense. We may even need him on the mound at times.”