Acadiana Cane Cutters hiring former baseball coaches from Northwood, Minden
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Henrietta Wildsmith, Shreveport Times
Two baseball coaches with ties to northwest Louisiana will lead the Acadiana Cane Cutters program in Youngsville this summer.
Former Northwood baseball coach Darien Dukes will serve as head coach of the Cutters, a summer college baseball league designed to give top professional prospects the opportunity to compete in a minor league-like atmosphere while remaining amateurs. Dukes assumes role previously held by former Shreveport captains field manager Ricky VanAsselberg
“I’m grateful to have the opportunity to take over this program,” Dukes told The Times. “I believe we can be successful this season as we celebrate our 10th anniversary. We want to capitalize on the things we built in the second half of last season.
Dukes, who was an assistant in the program last season at a 15-14 club, will get help from pitching coach Scott Hiers, a former baseball head coach from Minden who was an assistant at Captain Shreve, Northwood and Parkway while currently coaching in Simsboro. . Yesterday started his coaching career with the Minden Redbirds.
“I would like to thank (Cane Cutters owner) Richard Chalmers and Coach Dukes for this opportunity to join the Cane Cutters,” Hiers said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the players and winning ball matches.”
The Cane Cutters team is dotted with college players from all over Louisiana. Although the 2021 roster is yet to be formulated, the 2020 team featured players like Northwestern’s Tyler Thibodeaux, Louisiana Tech’s Cole McConnell, UL Monroe’s Trace Henry, LSUS’ Tyler Booth and former Byrd standout Southern’s Zavier Moore.
The 2021 calendar is not yet defined, but the last season started on June 30 and ended the first week of August.