Coral Springs Christian junior
Season highlights: A second-year varsity starter, there's little Toussaint can't do on the baseball field. He played a variety of positions for the Crusaders including pitcher, first base and outfield. And he produced no matter his spot in the lineup, hitting .458 with 32 RBI, 26 runs and six home runs. Despite having only started pitching three years ago, he had a 6-2 record, a 0.78 ERA and 83 strikeouts. His efforts helped the Crusaders clinch the District 14-3A championship and advance to the regional finals for the first time in school history before their season ended after a 13-12 loss to Florida Christian. "I just try to have fun when I'm out there," Toussaint said. "I try to help my team. I try to bring excitement and help keep kids loose on the field. The way we came together at the end, how we battled through the year and the ups and the downs, that was special. We came together and went for a run."
Comment: Toussaint's skill level and versatility have made him one of South Florida's top junior prospects heading into the summer. A number of major college programs including LSU, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Florida and UCLA among others. He's been selected to both the AFLAC All-American Game and the UnderArmour All-American Game. "He's very talented. He's able to put up those big numbers, but he also has an extraordinary work ethic. He came up big in so many ways for us," said Coral Springs Christian coach Matt Cleveland. "He had to be in the top two, three [pitchers] in strikeouts, while only pitching once a week. He was an all-around contributor and an extraordinary athlete. The baseball talent he has makes it look easy and when we use him in different places, he always says, 'Whatever's best for the team.' His attitude allows him to be successful."
I give hats off for my athletic success to... "my mother, Kathy. She inspires me to do greater things in life. I respect and listen to everything she says because deep down inside, she wants the best for me. She is my rock."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun