Parfait covers the Daniel Latham Signing
COVINGON - Add another west St.
Tammany player to the roster of the Tulane
baseball team. Covington High School senior Daniel
Latham on Wednesday signed a National Letter
of Intent on the pitching mound of Jimmy
"Doc" Davis Baseball Field to become a
Green Wave. Latham joins three other baseball players from the
area who have recently signed with Tulane. West
St. Tammany Parish appears to be a pitcher's haven
for Tulane, as Latham joins pitchers Keith
Hennigan and Tyler Kimmons from
Mandeville High and Ryan Martin of Jesuit
High (a Mandeville resident) on the team's
"I think Daniel will have a great college
career. For us, Daniel has been very successful
the last two years and had great control. If we
wanted a ball 2 inches outside, he'll throw it
there. He has a nice breaking pitch, and his
control is unbelievable," Covington baseball
coach Johnny Dragg said of his ace. Latham
was 7-3 last season for the Lions while pitching
66 1/3 innings with an earned run average of 2.0.
He struck out 76 batters while only walking eight.
Overall, in two seasons he struck out 145 batters
and has only walked 16 in 118 innings.
During the summer Latham played on the Bill Hood
traveling baseball team and played with and
against future and current college players. He was
4-2 with a 1.64 ERA and struck out 37 batters
while walking nine.
Latham is 6-foot-3, weights 180 pounds and pitches
from the right side.
"I try to pitch smart and be smart on the
mound and maintain my composure and try to locate
the ball," Latham said of his pitching.
"I'm a competitor. I like to give everything
I've got. I going to put it all on the line when
I've out there." Being close to home and
Tulane being one of the top baseball programs in
the nation were reasons for Latham choosing
Tulane. "It worked perfect for me. They have
a great baseball tradition and they have great
academics, and being so close to home it just
offered a perfect opportunity for me. I felt like
that's where I'll be most comfortable," said
Duke, the University of New Orleans and McNeese
State, among other schools, offered him
scholarships. Latham decided to sign in the early
signing period because he did not want the
pressure of recruiting during his senior year. He
said he wants to enjoy his senior year, and the
fact that he got what he wanted makes it perfect.
Latham has 3.96 grade point average and belongs to
National Honor Society, Heath Occupation Students
of America club and is a Senior class officer. He
is the anchorman for the C4 News, the 25-minute
student-run closed circuit school news television
station. He also films all Covington High football
games and other school activities. Away from
school, Latham likes to listen to music. He said
he doesn't have much time to do a lot of other
things he likes, like fishing.
"We're real excited just
because we don't have to travel all across the
country to see him play," said his mother,
Susan. "It feels super. It's the accumulation
of a lot of work. He's worked really hard to get
to the point to make this step, and we're excited
for him. We think Tulane will be the perfect fit
for him," said his father, Ken Latham. The
Lathams will have to make a change since their
daughter, Emily, is a four-year Golden Girl at LSU
and will graduate next month. Both of his parents
attended also LSU. "I'm working on my new
wardrobe. I have nothing but purple and gold right
now. I will definitely support Tulane baseball all
the way now. I will be cheering for Daniel and the
team," said Susan Latham. She is an English
teacher at Covington High and said the teasing
about LSU and Tulane has already started by her
students and friends.
permission - Joe Parfait