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Eagle Baseball Pays Tribute and

Reaches Out To Redden Family

Head baseball coach Ryan

Lousteau’s pre-season challenge

for his Class of 2015 had little

to do with defending the TAPPS

5A state championship or adding

to the proud pedigree of the St.

Thomas program.

Every year Lousteau emphasizes

a community service project for

his seniors. And this year’s group

quickly identified where their

collective efforts would perhaps

make the most significant impact

... a game day tribute to raise

dollars and salute the family

of former teammate Tucker

Redden, whose father, Tim Sr.,

passed in February 2015 after a

courageous year-long battle with

kidney cancer.

“We just wanted to help in any

way we can,” Jared Hoesel ‘15


The assist came in the form

of a varsity / junior varsity

doubleheader with The Kinkaid

School at Fr. Wilson Field,

which generated $10,000 from

gate and concession proceeds,

plus monies collected from a

day-long silent auction and raffle,

all generously accepted with

heartfelt gratitude by Tucker,

Tim Jr and their mother, Tammy.

“One of the main reasons we

wanted to send the boys to St.

Thomas was because I witnessed

and saw what this community

is all about,” Tammy said.

“What we have experienced

and endured over the past year

wouldn’t have been possible

without the added strength and

support from those who reached

out to us, especially from this St.

Thomas community.”

Tucker’s older brother, Tim

Jr. ‘09, was a TAPPS all-state

infielder who helped lead STH to

district and state championships

in 2008.  

Tucker was following those same

cleat marks when his father’s

health condition forced the

family to relocate to Rockport

mid-way through the 2013-14

academic year, missing out on

the dramatic STH playoff run

which resulted in the program’s

23rd state title.  

“We all heard about the Eagle

brotherhood when we came in as

freshmen. I left here as a junior,

am back for just a weekend as

a senior, and it’s as if I never

left. For the rest of my life

I’ll remember my times at St.

Thomas,” Tucker said.

The Reddens returned to the

field where they wore the Eagle

red and white

with distinction

and joined their

mother at the

pitcher’s mound

for a pre-game

ceremonial first

pitch alongside

Hoesel, Wendell


‘15 and Max



“Any time you

get rocked the

way our family

has the last

few months,

really the last

year since Dad

was diagnosed,

there’s such

comfort when

people reach out

and help you.

It makes you

realize the world

would be such

a better place if

there were more

good people

willing to make

those efforts,”

Tim Jr. said.

Lousteau took considerable pride

that his players “understood

there’s more to life than just their

own pursuits. The seniors saw a

good friend and a family in need.