From the Basement: Bye bye Baby Cakes, Hello Eastbank!

Olivia Henderson, Sports Editor

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As summer rapidly draws to a close, fans of the New Orleans Baby Cakes must come to terms with the team’s impending departure. In this trying time, many have asked: What can I do to cope with the loss of our beloved Minor League Baseball team? 

Fear not! The Hullabaloo has found a way to deal with this tough loss: focus on the Crescent City’s bright baseball future!

This past Sunday, Eastbank Little League, a local baseball team, won the Little League World Series, beating the Curaçao’s Pabao Little League 8-0. 

Though its players are only 10-12 years old, the team is already brimming with talent. Reece Roussel batted a whopping .739 average throughout the week-long series. Pitcher Egan Prather struck out 19 batters over the course of 14 and 1/3 innings, while Marshall Louque hit two doubles, driving in three runs during the final game. 

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After dropping their first game, Eastbank battled its way through its next six games, becoming the first team to win the Little League World Series following an initial loss. This is also Lousisiana’s first Little League World Series title

In recognition of this accomplishment, the team was greeted by an initial press conference at Louis Armstrong International Airport before traveling to the Shrine on Airline, the home stadium of the Baby Cakes. With this ceremonial gesture, Eastbank inherited the Baby Cakes’ baseball legacy, becoming the team that will help us through our MiLB-less sorrow. 

Accordingly, though many tears will be shed when the Baby Cakes play their last game on Sept. 2, Eastbank has given New Orleans ample reason to rejoice. Laissez les bons temps roulez!

Eastbank Little League will be honored with a parade on Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. The procession will begin at the intersection of Bonnabel Boulevard and Pomona Avenue and follow Veterans Memorial Boulevard, ending at 7th Street.