Sports Spotlight - West Orange Times & Observer: Justin LaGasse

Legacy Charter’s Justin LaGasse threw the program’s first no-hitter.

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  • | 12:10 p.m. March 8, 2018
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The Legacy Charter baseball team is 6-1 so far this season, and one of those wins included a milestone for the program. Justin LaGasse tossed the Eagles’ first no-hitter, confounding district rival Faith Christian in an 11-0 victory that lasted five innings, in accordance with the mercy rule. LaGasse struck out seven batters during his big game and also drove in two runs at the plate for Legacy.


Had you thrown a no-hitter before in youth baseball?

I believe so. I threw several shutouts, and I think I threw one no-hitter (in youth baseball).


Were you surprised to have accomplished a no-hitter in high school?

The team is a district team, so they were good, so yeah, I was pretty surprised. But I had some confidence in myself.


How did you feel that game and when did you know you had your best stuff?

My arm was light like Jell-O — like a rubber band. That night was a good night. Three up, three down in the first inning, and I knew it was going to be a good night.


Which facet of the game do you enjoy the most?

I love the feeling when you hit the ball right on the money — hitting is my favorite.


Name a professional baseball player, past or present, you admire?

Everybody says it, but Derek Jeter — just his leadership. Jackie Robinson, as well. They’re two typical answers, but I’ve always admired them.


What’s the outlook for the team this year?

I think we can win our district — I truly believe that. We’re deep in pitching. 


Which of your teammates is the funniest?

The funniest guy would have to be Blake Waldron — he’s great.


What do you enjoy about playing for coach Jack Chambless?

I love that he is blunt, and he’ll tell me if I’m doing something wrong. That’s what I see in a good coach. I want to know what I’m doing wrong, and he’s not afraid to tell me.


If you could play a  game in any stadium in the world, which would you play in?

Yankee Stadium, hands down. I’ve been a Yankees fan my whole life.


Which baseball movie is your all-time favorite?

“42.” Jackie Robinson, his story, it gets me every time. I love that passion that he had.


What’s your favorite class?

Chemistry — I love balancing equations. It’s like a puzzle.


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