They made history by becoming the first Louisiana team crowned Little League World Series Champions in 2019. Now, a celebration of their achievement is on deck with a special exhibit at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. A new exhibit called The East Bank All-Stars: Making Little League History honoring the Jefferson Parish team was unveiled on Aug. 7 during a private reception at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum in Natchitoches.
“Winning the Little League World Series is truly a great accomplishment for such an outstanding group of young men, and to be the first team from Louisiana to win this championship, is something special,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “We are honored to be able to recognize their magical baseball season in a way that everyone who visits the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest History Museum can enjoy and feel as though they were a part of it.”
In addition to becoming Louisiana’s first Little League World Series Champions, the Eastbank All-Stars became the first team since the tournament’s expansion to 16 teams in 2001 – and second in the tournament’s history – to win the title after losing their first game. Despite that first loss in tournament play, the team from River Ridge maintained their confidence and determination to put together a six-game win streak, outscoring opponents 44-8, including three shutout victories. On August 25, 2019, the Eastbank All-Stars Little League team capped their dramatic run with an 8-0 victory over Curaçao at Howard J. Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
The exhibition includes a diverse array of artifacts from the team’s experiences playing in the 2019 Little League World Series, many of which the players loaned for the display. Artifact highlights include equipment used and uniforms worn by the players, Mardi Gras throws made especially for the team, and items from their flight home from the White House aboard Air Force One.
“On behalf of Eastbank Little League and the members of the 2019 Louisiana state champion team, I want to thank Lt. Governor Nungesser and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum. It’s an honor to have an exhibit on display recognizing all the hard work, dedication, and accomplishments of these talented young men who were a part of Louisiana’s 2019 Little League World Series championship team,” said Eastbank All-Star Coach Scott Frasier.
The Eastbank All-Stars: Making Little League History will be on display at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum in downtown Natchitoches through July 2023.
The museum is located at 800 Front Street in Natchitoches and is open between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission to the museum is $6 for adults, $5 for students, senior citizens, and active military, and free for children age six and under. Visit LouisianaStateMuseum.org for more information.
Whether on the mound or behind the plate Egan Prather, #24, made a strong impact at the Little League World Series. A talented catcher but most known for his pitching performances, Egan came up BIG against New Jersey, throwing 5 1/3 innings, allowing 1 hit and striking out 10, which was the most by an American pitcher heading into the Championship game. In the Championship game against Curaçao, he threw a complete game shutout and struck out 6. Egan was selected to the 2019 United States All-Star team. Egan attends Brother Martin High School and is a proud member of The Crusader Varsity Baseball team.
Ryan Darrah, #10, was the starting center fielder and lead off batter for most of the LLWS. He made a number of on the run catches and batted .333 including a walk off single in the game vs Minnesota. Ryan bookended the run for the title with the first hit in district play against Bogalusa being a home run, and a single as the last hit of the championship game against Curaçao.
Jeffrey, #12, came off the bench in the 5th inning to pinch hit in the United States Championship game vs. Hawaii. He led the inning off and promptly smacked a double off the wall in dead center field to ignite a rally that ultimately led to his team taking the lead and winning the game. Jeffrey embraced his role on the team as a pinch hitter and reserve catcher/outfielder. Jeffrey attends John Curtis Christian School and is 15 years old.
Gavin Lee Berry, #15, left fielder for the 2019 LLWS USA and International Champion team. Gavin is currently an honor roll student-athlete at Brother Martin High School in New Orleans. He continued his love for the game and earned a position as an outfielder on both the junior varsity and varsity Brother Martin baseball team. Gavin is also a current member of the Louisiana Gators Elite travel baseball team where he continues to compete in national tournaments. Gavin is known to play all outfield positions; however, his primary position is now centerfield. He is known for his speed and athleticism. He currently runs the 60-yard dash in 6.7 seconds. His speed has allowed him to be an asset to his teams as a center fielder and base runner.
Reece Roussel, #22, played RF and batted .739 in the Little League World Series. He was 17 for 23 at the plate with his 17 hits setting a Little League World Series record. He also recorded another Little League World Series record with 7 doubles shared with teammate Marshall Louque. Other records where he tied for first include: most doubles in a game (3) and most extra-base hits in a game (4). Other awards include Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the month for August 2019 and 2019 Sports Illustrated, Sportskid.
Will, #5, played 3B/Pitcher. He made ESPNs top ten plays of the day – twice at SW regionals. He pitched 9 innings with zero earned runs at the World Series. He was the winning pitcher against Hawaii in the US championship game on his 12th birthday. He currently attends Holy Cross High School.
Peyton, #6, had a great time meeting the players from all over the world. He especially enjoyed playing ping pong and video games with the Italian and Australian players in the clubhouse. Peyton’s best moment on the field was getting a base hit in the US Championship game. He was often chosen or pushed into being the team’s public spokesperson. He recited the Little League Player pledge on the field before the World Championship game, conducted interviews, and even was pushed to the front to speak at Trump’s rally in front of a huge crowd in Lake Charles. Creating memories with his teammates and coaches was something he will never forget! Peyton attends Rummel High School.
Conner, #9, was the first baseman/pitcher for the Southwest Little League Team. Highlights include a home run and being part of a triple play in Waco that made ESPN’s top play of the day. It was exciting to learn that my picture was featured in the New Orleans newspaper with the tagline “Let’s Go”. Conner attends Rummel High School.
Alton, #2, is 15 years old and entering the 10th grade. He plays 3rd Base and Short Stop at De La Salle High school. He also plays Basketball.
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Stan Wiltz, #4, played shortstop for the Southwest Team during the Little League World Series. He along with his teammates was featured for a triple play on ESPN top ten plays. He ended both the US Championship and the World Championship with the final outs. He is still enjoying baseball with his high school Brother Martin. In addition, Stan plays for the LA Gators.
Derek (#7) batted .400 in Williamsport and led off the World Championship game with a line drive to center field and came around to score what wound up being the winning run. In the Regional to get to the World Series, he led the team in hitting, batting a whopping .777. He only struck out one time in all of regular league play, district, state, regionals, and the World Series. Derek made the varsity team this summer at Jesuit High School in New Orleans as a rising freshman. As an 8th grader last year, Derek had a 4.0 in the classroom.
Ryder Planchard, #3, is15 years old and a current Sophomore at Holy Cross High School in New Orleans. He played catcher, 3rd base, and pitched during the LLWS. The opportunity he had with Little League and the places he went as well as the people he met will last a lifetime. It was truly something he never will forget and was an amazing experience.
Marshall, #23, was the starting 3rd baseman and pitcher for Eastbank. He pitched against Texas West and hit 2 home runs to put Eastbank in the championship game. He also started in the championship game against Texas West claiming the title of Southwest regional Champs, punching their ticket to Williamsport. While in Williamsport, Marshall was the starting pitcher for the first game against Hawaii. He threw a no-hitter against Virginia to place Southwest into the USA championship game and holds the record for most doubles in Little League. Marshall attends Lutcher High School. His freshman year as a starter for the varsity baseball team was a stellar one. Marshall helped Lutcher claim the 2022 3A baseball Championship. Marshall was named district MVP, Player of the Year, Hitter of the Year, All Metro, and 2nd Team All American Small Schools. Finishing his freshman debut with a batting average of .480, 61 hits, 6 home runs, 52 RBIs and his pitching era of .246. Marshall is being highly recruited by several colleges.