Four players share unique bond for Terriers
Mon. April 22, 2013 at 11:20 a.m. | By Brent St. Germain/Sports Editor
Matt Bergeron (from left), Grant Bergeron, Jordan Bergeron and Josh Bergeron have played key roles for the Vandebilt Catholic baseball team this season. (Photo by Brent St. Germain/Staff)
When Vandebilt Catholic baseball coach Corey Sullivan fills out his lineup sheet, one last name typically comes to mind — Bergeron.
The Terriers feature not one but four Bergerons on their roster this season, and all four are usually in their starting lineup in most games. They are senior right fielder/pitcher Josh Bergeron, senior pitcher/third baseman Matt Bergeron, junior shortstop Jordan Bergeron and junior pitcher/third baseman Grant Bergeron.
"It's not something you see every day," Matt Bergeron said. "I've grown up with all of these guys ever since I was about 6 years old, and I've played with them ever since. It's kind of cool being on the same team with teammates with the same last name."
Sullivan said he has been asked numerous times if all of the Bergerons are related. In fact, only brothers Josh and Jordan Bergeron are related.
"The first thing many people ask me is if they are brothers or cousins," Sullivan said. "They are surprised when I tell them that only Josh and Jordan are related."
Sometimes, the players even play along if someone asks.
"We like to joke around about it at times," Josh Bergeron said. "When they announce all four of us on road games, some people wonder if we are brothers and we like to play along with it."
But for Josh Bergeron, nothing beats having the opportunity to play on the same team as his younger brother Jordan.
Josh Bergeron said playing high school baseball with his younger brother is something he will never forget.
"We have been playing together ever since we were growing up, and now that it's when we are in high school, it's even more special," Josh Bergeron said. "Not too many people can say that in high school."
It's also been a special time for Jordan Bergeron.
"We have been playing together for a while, so we know how each of us plays," Jordan Bergeron said. "It's kind of cool playing with you brother, especially in high school and getting to be in the starting lineup together. But all of these guys are like brothers to us, and we all play well together."
Sullivan said having four players with the same last name can lead to some unique situations. At the Central Catholic-Morgan City Tournament earlier this season, the Terriers had the bases loaded with Bergerons with another Bergeron at the plate.
Sullivan said having the four has led to something else — winning. The Terriers are 22-6 overall and have already clinched the District 8-4A title and a spot in the Class 4A playoffs.
Sullivan said a lot of Vandebilt's success this season can be attributed to the Bergeron play on the field.
"They have been big assets for us on the mound and at the plate," Sullivan said. "Defensively, Jordan was the starting shortstop for us last season, and he continues to a good job for us this season as the leadoff hitter. Grant could be the team MVP for us this season. He has come up big for us in relief this season and does a good job in the field when Chase (Hawthorne) pitches.
"They are like a band of brothers. They always work together and do what's best for the team."
Grant Bergeron said they have been playing together for so long that they share a special bond on the field.
"Since we have been playing together for such a long time, we know each other well," Grant Bergeron said. "We know each other's strengths and weaknesses. That really helps out on the field."
With the Class 4A state playoffs scheduled to start later in the week, Vandebilt will count on the leadership and skills of the Bergerons to make a deep run.
Matt Bergeron said a lot of their success on the field could be attributed to the special bond the four Bergerons share.
"We are all good friends, and we are all teammates," Matt Bergeron said. "We all work hard to do what's best for the team."
Sullivan said he will always cherish the opportunity to coach all four this season.
"Every last one of them are great kids," he said. "They are fun to coach. I only get two back next season, and I wish I would get all of them back."