The basic scouting report on Pitman junior Roy Langlois: bats left, catches left. Breaking one of the traditions of baseball, Langlois is a rarity, a lefthanded catcher.
"He's always had a better temperament for catching," said Steve Langlois, his father. "He likes bossing everybody around."
When his son heard that, he admitted: guilty as charged.
"I can't deny that," said Langlois, who used to be a second baseman in Little League, another lefthanded rarity. "I love having an impact on every play at catcher."
This is Langlois' first year as a varsity starter for a 19-3 Pitman team that will host Gloucester in Tuesday's South Jersey Group 1 semifinals.
He is batting .274 with 13 RBIs and has a .375 on-base percentage. His greater impact has come on defense.
"He has been a workhorse behind the plate, very aggressive," Pitman coach Gene Reid said. "He has been a great addition to the starting lineup."
Langlois says it hasn't been difficult finding a lefthanded catcher's mitt. He owns four of them.
He said he isn't sure whether he will pursue baseball or soccer in college. If baseball is the sport, he would like to continue catching.
"I've been doing this a long time," he said. "I really love catching."