Tyler Duplantis of the Loyola baseball team spent this past summer playing in the Kentucky-Indiana-Tennessee (KIT) League for the Tradewater Pirates.
Duplantis, who finished second on the Wolfpack with a .349 batting average as a freshman, played a significant role in the Pirates’ regular and post-season crowns. Tradewater finished the campaign with a 30-15 record, and then went undefeated in the playoffs to capture both titles.
While Duplantis spent his freshman year at first base for Loyola, he started at third for the Pirates. He ended the year batting .307 with 28 RBI and led the league with 16 doubles. In 43 games played, he scored 43 runs which was tied for second-most in the KIT.
Duplantis, a native of Thibodaux, La., was selected to play for the 2010 KIT League All-Stars. On July 4, KIT faced the Tennessee Summer Collegiate Baseball Association (TSCBA) All-Stars in Owensboro, Kentucky. He finished the game with a double and two RBI as KIT shutout TSCBA 6-0.
The KIT League is a collegiate summer wood bat baseball league consisting of players from the NCAA, NJCAA, and the NAIA. The league began play in 2005 and derives from the old KITTY League which was in existence from 1903 to 1955.