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Two Cajuns step up their game over break

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Freshman Alex Hannie swings at the ball as the Ragin' Cajuns take on the Appalachian State Mountaineers on Friday, Mar. 22, 2019.

Two Louisiana baseball players have been improving their game this offseason with the summer collegiate baseball league as members of the Acadiana Cane Cutters.

Louisiana baseball players Tremaine Spears and Alex Hannie are ready to take their summer development on the road to Omaha with new Louisiana Baseball Head Coach Matt Deggs and the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Spears is a junior outfielder/runner and a native of Pineville, Louisiana. He started as a true freshman for the Ragin’ Cajuns, playing in 14 games, including two starts as a designated hitter. In his sophomore season, he appeared in eight games with two starts and accomplished a season-high four at-bats against Wright State in the season opener.

Spears has contributed to the Cane Cutters by batting .255 with five home runs and 17 RBI’s. One of the major improvements for Spears is his defense and increasing ability to run the bases. The Louisiana Outfielder is using the summer to engage more into a leadership role for the upcoming season for the Ragin' Cajuns.

“I learned how to lead this summer,” Spears said. “My role here as being one of the older guys is trying to get everyone together, so we can learn how to get going together and play as a team. I feel the first half we didn’t do that very well and I feel we are starting to do that now.”

Alex Hannie, a St. Thomas More High School graduate, is an outfielder/left-hand pitcher for the Ragin’ Cajuns. During his time at St. Thomas More, Hannie was a four-year letter winner and earned all-state and all-district and contributed to the Cougars 2015 state championship title. Hannie also was named Rawling-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American selection in 2017.

Hannie did not make an appearance in the 2018 season for the Ragin’ Cajuns but is not dwelling on the lack of play time he encountered. Instead, the Louisiana outfielder is looking to prepare for the upcoming season by taking advantage of his time with the Cane Cutters.

“It feels good to be a part of the organization and this summer league; you get to build relationships with new guys from around the country,” Hannie said. “But it is fun to play in Lafayette where Tremaine and I play and get to improve our game.”

The Louisiana sophomore attributes his developed confidence and ability to compete at a high level every day to the summer league. Hannie is currently batting .275 with four RBI’s for the Cane Cutters.

Both Louisiana teammates are enjoying being able to accompany each other during the summer season. Hannie gave credit to Spears for being the main person to keep him going on the team. While Spears says his best moment was watching teammate Hannie catch a ball over the fence.

The Cane Cutters finished their season 17-13 with a 6-4 record for the second half of the season.

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