Kinder High’s Junior Shortstop Already Commits to LSU

By: ICTMN Staff

Dylon Poncho has been recruited to play for Louisiana State  University. Poncho, a member of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, will be the  first Kinder High Schooler to play baseball for the Tigers.

“This is a dream come true, going to LSU,” said Poncho,  who has verbally committed  to the school. “I always wanted to go there. Go, Tigers!”

As a freshman at Kinder, he started at shortstop  intermittently; in his sophomore year, he played shortstop full-time. Now, in  his junior year, with baseball season coming, Poncho has a lot to look forward  to.

“Dylon had a great summer,” Kinder High baseball coach Kenny  Courville told to the Kinder Courier News. “He showed a lot of  work ethic, got seen in some tournaments and did some things in fall showcases  and LSU coaches became interested in him and offered him a chance.”

Poncho, and LSU's head baseball coach Paul Mainieri (

 Poncho, and LSU’s head baseball coach Paul Mainieri (

The 5-foot-10, 170 pound righthander also played for a team sponsored by  Marucci—the baseball bat manufacturing company that also facilitates a prep baseball  team —where he batted over .400.

Last year, he helped get the Kinder Yellow Jackets to the  state semifinals, batting .520 in District 4-2A play.

“Dylon was our statistical leader in hitting,” Courville told  the Courier News. “He hits it to all fields, and has developed  power as well. He can hit for average and power, which is another thing that  makes him very attractive [to LSU]. I’m happy for Dylon.”

“Visiting LSU was an amazing experience,” Poncho told the  paper. “The coaches are great, and the facilities and fans are amazing. I can’t  wait to get over there.”