About Us

After participating as a player, and then as a coach, Carlo Polito, with the help of Louis DeJohn, Sr., envisioned a need and began a mission for a new softball program. In 1973, they enlisted the help of their family, friends, and players, and began construction of a softball field on the grounds of St. Louis King of France Catholic Church in Baton Rouge. Improvements were added every year, and the program was such a success that another field was required. An average summer league would include 60 teams of men, women, boys and girls. In addition to its regular leagues, St. Louis hosted countless tournaments that drew teams from Texas to Florida. St. Louis also played host to numerous state, regional, and national events, as St. Louis was considered one of the premier softball fields in the country. Over $100,000 of softball proceeds have gone to projects and improvements to the church and school.

Forty-two seasons later, while the number of teams has decreased from 60, the program is still surviving. Although we don't host the major tournaments that we used to, the field rivals any other field in the state (which is impressive considering St. Louis is a non-profit program). In fact, in 2005, the St. Louis King of France Softball program was inducted into the inaugural class of the
Louisiana USSSA Hall of Honor. The St. Louis King of France program also has the distinction of having 5 people closely associated with the program being members of the Louisiana USSSA Hall of Fame.  The latest inductees were Ray and Mary Clare Polito.  Taking after his father, Ray has continued the St. Louis Softball tradition spending countless hours working on the field.  Mary Clare runs the concession stand and helps ensure everything runs smoothly.  We would like to give a special thanks to all of those who have been, are, and continue to be a part of the St. Louis Softball family, and we look forward to many more exciting years of softball.


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