Not all baseball players look forward to the grind of summer baseball — the long, hot days and nights, the endless bus rides, the hard work it takes to get and stay in the lineup. It can take a toll on a guy.

But Elliot Hebert is not one of those guys.

When June rolled around this summer, Hebert was more than ready to take the field as the left fielder of the Baton Rouge Rougarou, Texas Collegiate League summer team based at BRCC’s Pete Goldsby Field. Hebert, who hails from the small town of Rayne (the Frog Capital of the World), had missed much of the spring baseball season at BRCC due to an ankle injury. He was only cleared to play in late May and the only appeared in a handful of games. So when the Rougarou came calling, Hebert answered.

“I had friends who played for the Rougarou,” said Hebert, who prepped at Notre Dame High School and spent two years at Bossier Community College before transferring to BRCC. “They liked it and they recommended it to me and I’m enjoying it so far.”

So far it has been mutually beneficial.

Hebert has emerged as the top hitter in the team’s first two weeks of action. Through 11 games Hebert is hitting .440 with 22 hits, nine runs, 14 RBIs and one home run. He was named the Texas Collegiate League’s Co-hitter of the Week after just the first week of play.

“I’ve had a little bit of success, thank God,” Hebert said.

“Elliot is as hard a worker as you will find and leads by example,” said Rougarou coach Wes Theriot. “He plays the game hard and is a great teammate. He had some injury issues during the spring and I’m happy he’s healthy and having the success he is now.”

Hebert partly attributes his current success to his time off due to his injury.

“I only got like eight at-bats this spring so this summer I was coming in fresh,” Hebert said. “I wasn’t worn out or anything and was able to jump into it fresh without any problem.”

But that doesn’t mean it has been easy. Hebert said he wasn’t quite prepared for the grueling schedule of summer league baseball.

“Just the seven hour bus ride was tough in itself,” Hebert said. “Then getting off the bus and playing nine innings. It was the first time I had done anything like that style. It was kind of show and go.”

Hebert said the rewards have been good for him and his teammates.

“I really enjoy meeting new people, new teammates,” he said. “I like travelling. Playing at new fields is always fun. Playing against new people. Overall I think summer baseball is just about having fun and being with the guys. We spend so much time together I’m as close to some of the guys as I was spending two years at Bossier.”

Lori Lyons, Rougarou Writer