Don't believe it when you hear sportscasters call UL Lafayette's softball program this year's "Cinderella" team in the Women's College World Series. Anyone who's been around knows the Cajuns left their Cinderella status behind years ago; ESPN 1420 AM's Jay Walker notes that the team's been ranked in the Top 20 for about the past two decades. And although it's taken a while for the rest of the country to come around, the national spotlight is now squarely on the Cajun program.
After yesterday's 3-2 win over No. 1 ranked Florida, the Cajuns have been all over ESPN, with All-American Holly Tankersley's solo home run off NCAA wins-leader Stacey Nelson in the eighth inning earning a spot as one of ESPN's Plays of the Week.
"I'm not surprised they beat Florida," Walker says. "I feel we're just as good." Walker calls UL freshman pitching sensation Ashley Brignac "unflappable," pointing out how she giggled after throwing 23 pitches to the Gators' Tiffany DeFelice in the bottom of the eighth, winning the battle when DeFelice finally popped up to centerfield after 19 foul balls.The poised freshman pitcher came back firing to secure the win, the last two batters popping up to shortstop Brooke Brodhead.
At 6 p.m., the Cajuns face fifth-seeded Texas A&M. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and broadcast on 1420 AM.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.