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Elly De La Cruz-Archbishop Moeller connection: High school linebacker catches rookie's first home run

Alex French celebrates the end of his junior year with a major league moment in the cheap seats

Archbishop Moeller rising senior Alex French and his friends took in a Cincinnati Reds game this week from seats where catching a home run ball couldn't have seemed likely.

They were in the back row of the right-field bleachers at Great American Ball Park when Reds rookie Elly De La Cruz hit a 458-foot bomb off Dodgers pitcher Noah Syndergaard right at them.

French ended up with the ball and a chance to get that memento back to one of the top prospects in Major League Baseball.

He exchanged the ball for a signed bat, a postgame meeting with De La Cruz and some autographed baseballs for his friends.

It was De La Cruz's first of what's certain to be many home runs as a major leaguer, and French and his friends will always be a part of that.

French played linebacker for the Moeller football team in the fall (he's No. 33 in black in the video above). The Crusaders beat Lakota West in the regional final but were eliminated by Springfield in the state semifinals.

He'll be a senior leader sporting a Major League Baseball-toughened left hand next fall.

Photo by Ben Jackson

Photo by Ben Jackson