Coming off a successful two-win weekend in the Eunice tournament, Beau Chene will face Crowley on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the first District 4-4A game of the season.
With a young team this season, Beau Chene coach Greg Fontenot said the Gators weren’t able to get as many games in the preseason as they normally would have.
“I would’ve liked to get a little more game time in, but with the weather, it has been kind of hard,” Fontenot said. “I’m excited, though. I’ve got a young team with only four seniors, and they are very determined. They like to fight.”
Fontenot said his team’s success is partly due to an outstanding freshman class that has come in this season and performed beyond its years.
“I have four freshman starters, and of course I’d have liked for them to get more reps than they’ve had, but they’ll be all right,” Fontenot said. “They don’t play like freshmen. So it doesn’t worry me too much going into tomorrow. They’ve been carrying us quite a bit so far this season. They are not your normal freshmen.”
The Gators (7-3) were able to get a full weekend of games played in the weekend leading up to district play, competing in the Eunice tournament and winning in a variety of ways.
Fontenot said in the first game his team was able to jump out to a sizable and lead and then finish out the game with a shutout — a 10-0 win against Mangham — and then come from behind to win its second game.
The come-from-behind win was especially pleasing to Fontenot, who said his teams in the past years haven’t had the same fighting spirit this group does.
“We are finding ways to win this year when we are down, and that is one thing that my teams haven’t done in the past,” Fontenot said. “When we were down, they would lie down and the game would just kind of be over with.”
But in Crowley, Beau Chene faces a tough test, as the Gents (8-2) have won four of their past five games and have scored more than 10 runs in six of their 10 games this season.
Fontenot said even after losing his No. 1 pitcher to a fractured arm during the weekend, he feels his staff combined with his team’s defense can keep them in any game.
Taylor Plumb will take the mound for the Gators, with his last start coming against Mangham in which he threw four scoreless innings while only giving up three hits and striking out three.
“I have a pitcher (Plumb) that I really trust, and he fills up the strike zone. Our biggest thing that we preach is to pitch and play defense,” Fontenot said. “He throws it really hard and fills it up, so when he’s on the mound, I feel like we can beat anybody.”
“If we play defense how we’re supposed to play defense, I think we’ll be in the game til the end.”
ST. THOMAS MORE (4-6) VS. VERMILION CATHOLIC: St. Thomas More is looking to get back to its winning ways when the Cougars take on Vermilion Catholic on Tuesday.
The Cougars have dropped their past six games while giving up an average of 10 runs per game during their skid.
In their latest loss to Evangel, O’Neal Lochridge picked up four hits and drove in four runs.
TEURLINGS (8-4) VS. CATHOLIC HIGH-BATON ROUGE (13-2): The Rebels are looking to take some of their momentum from a successful run at the Rebel Invitational into a matchup against Catholic.
Teurlings coach Mike Thibodeaux said his team will have to use several different pitchers after a grueling 24 hours in which they played four games.
NEW IBERIA (6-4) VS. CATHOLIC HIGH OF NEW IBIERIA (4-6): New Iberia is another team looking to end a recent losing streak, with the Yellow Jackets dropping their past four games after six straight wins to open the season.
CHNI won two of its three games at the Rebel Invitational, but dropped their game to Acadiana 9-4 on Sunday.
The Panthers’ Peyton Pharr picked up two RBIs and a double in the loss.