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Hear From Coach Dukes and Returning Players Trent Hillen and Miles Justin

03/25/2024 3:20 PM -

YOUNGSVILLE, LA- The cleats, batting gloves, eye black, sunflower seeds, margaritas, and more will be here before we know it as the baseball season is right around the corner at Fabacher Field for the Acadiana Cane Cutters. The Cane Cutters have a lot of high expectations this year and are looking to flip the script, including their Head Coach Darien Dukes. “Our expectations as a staff do not change. We want to win the first half and earn home field advantage for the playoffs…then overall record a championship. I am looking forward to getting back on the field and into a baseball routine,” Coach Dukes said. 

The Cane Cutters will be in company with some familiar faces including two returning pitchers, sophomore Trent Hillen from Jones Community College and sophomore Miles Justin from Spring Hill College. Coach Dukes added, “I’m really excited to see Hillen…he was right on the verge all summer of putting everything together and is having a great year at Jones.” 

We were able to speak with Trent, the projected opening day starter for Acadiana, and he mentioned that what is most exciting for this baseball season is “meeting the new guys and working as a brotherhood to bring a championship back to the Cane Cutters.” He added that what is most important is “being a good teammate, being a good role model to the younger players, and showing them what’s right and what’s wrong…and helping them succeed later in the future. I’ve been around college baseball for three seasons now and I’ve learned a lot. I just want to help others like I was helped.” Last season, his counterpart Miles Justin in 12 games posted a 2.30 ERA in 27.1 innings with 23 strikeouts. Speaking with Justin, he mentioned that “I'm looking forward to the competitive field the TCL brings to the table, in the sense of seeing different guys from different levels compete for a championship.”


There are also some newcomers to keep a close eye out for the Cane Cutters this season that we can’t wait to see take the field. Coach Dukes said, “We have a catcher coming from the University of Louisiana named Jose Torres that I’m looking forward to seeing. Dylan Biddick from Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) is having a great spring.” This spring at BPCC, Freshman outfielder Dylan Biddick is sporting a .408 AVG with 3 HR, 22 RBI, and has collected 40 hits in just 29 games. Junior catcher Jose Torres has a .263 AVG with 1 HR and 12 RBI in 17 games for the Ragin Cajuns. 

The Acadiana Cane Cutters open their season on the road against the Brazos Valley Bombers Thursday, May 30th. Opening day at Fabacher Field will be soon after, on June 4th vs the Victoria Generals at 7:00. Call the box office at (337) 451- 6582, for season and single-game ticket information, as well as summer camps, group outings, and sponsorship opportunities. Follow the Cane Cutters on Instagram, X, Tiktok and Facebook for all news and updates. For any additional inquiries, contact Sales Manager Richard Nunnally at 337-295-5677 or Operations Executive Tristan Toups at 225-428-7663.


Special Thanks to Sports Writer Jared Viancourt