“For our fourth round pick, we would like to select Mac Sceroler,” are words Sceroler dreamed of hearing. This dream turned into reality in the Spring of 2017 when the Cincinatti Reds selected Sceroler, junior pitcher at Southeastern Louisiana University. Not many major league athletes are selected out of Hammond, America, so it was quite a highlight for the university as a whole.
Although Sceroler was just one year away from receiving his degree, he said he could not let this opportunity pass. He was more than ready for this moment; he had been waiting his whole life to take this next step. At just 22 years young, Sceroler was ready to endure more than many get to experience in their lifetime. This young man also was not just leaving his degree and last year of playing college ball behind, but instead a number of things: family, a serious relationship, and a handful of lifelong teammates/friends.
Mac Sceroler grew up just 30 minutes down the road from Southeastern in the small town of Denham Springs. All the young man knew growing up was baseball, baseball, and more baseball. He played since the age of five where he just started in a league known as PARDS and from then was on a number of All-Star and tournament teams until he reached high school where he then played for Denham Springs for all four years of his high school career. Sceroler started to make a name for his self when his awards starting rolling in. “This was only the beginning,” Sceroloer proudly stated. This athlete remained humble through even his most rewarding points in his life. His humbleness was just one quality that made Sceroler stick out from the rest including his attitude, respect, and positive outlook on life.
He was more than ready to make a name for himself. Sceroler is the nephew of the famous Ben McDonald who pitched four years for LSU and then went on to be the first pick of the draft to the Orioles and is now a member of the Hall of Fame and sports reporter for ESPN, so Sceroler has always known he had big shoes to fill but he worked his whole life to create his own path and that is just what he has done, and it is only the beginning.
Sceroler was proud to start listing his resume, with awards starting back from highschool consisting of All State, All Metro, all district junior and senior year and made the LHSAA All Star team which consists of only the best varsity players in the state of Louisiana. His college resume is made up of even a number of more outstanding achievements including: 2015 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, 2015 Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, 2016 All-Southland Conference 1st team, 2016 Southland Conference All-Tournament Team, 2016 Southland Conference All-Academic 1st team, 2016 LSWA All-Louisiana 2nd team, 2016 Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, 2017 Pre-Season All Southland Conference 1st team, 2017 Southland Conference pitcher of the week for two consecutive weeks, 2017 All Southland Conference 1st team, 2017 Southland All-Academic, 2017 LSWA All-Louisiana 1st team, an 2017 Southland Conference Commisioner’s Honor Roll. Not only was Sceroler successful on the field, but as well as off the field in the classroom. These were only a few reasons why Sceroler made it thus far. His hardwork and determination beats everything though, explaining there was never an off day. After he got drafted this spring, he spent his whole summer in Billings, Montana starting his journey. This was considered Advanced Rookie Ball and he got to come back home in September and will fly out to Arizona for a month in February 2018 for spring training. His dream career is just beginning. Although this is extremely exciting for Sceroler himself, his loved ones say it is bittersweet.
His sister who has also made a name for herself is a Junior at LSU who proudly stands on the sidelines in Tiger Stadium as a 3-year cheerleader for the Tigers. She says “I really think my family could care less that I’m an LSU cheerleader as long as Mac is playing baseball…that boy will forever be the golden child.” Kylie Sceroler giggles while saying such a statement, but could tell on her face how much she loved and looked up to her big brother. She went on to say, “He deserves all of his success, he really is one of the hardest working people that I know.” Mac also left another very important young lady in his life; his highschool sweetheart Maggie Hinson, former 2016 Southeastern Homecoming Queen.
“The distance wasn’t easy. Being 27 hours away from not only your boyfriend, but your best friend is never going to be easy. However, we decided to throw away the negative perspective, and use the distance as a positive thing. It taught us to cherish the time we do have together. I thought it was going to be so hard being away from him, but it turned out to be the biggest blessing. I get to watch him do what he loves. This has been his dream, and I couldn’t be more proud of him.” Sceroler nodded his head to every word Hinson said and added on that she and his family are his number one fans and will always be his biggest blessings.
He also had trouble leaving behind many friends and teammates. One forever friend and teammate up until Southeastern, Carl Guidry said, “Mac was always my favorite teammate on every team we played on together.” “His outlook on life, attitude, and hardwork are every athletes dream characteristics and he blew them all out the water.”
Sceroler is a special story coming from his small home town of Denham Springs and then his college Southeastern Louisiana University, “But I wouldn’t change a thing or experience from my past to now, it has all been a blessing and I can’t wait to see what the rest God has in store for me in the future.”