LEROY — The top of any batting in order is important, and the North Vermilion softball team has two of the best table setters in the area in twins Elise and Adele Vincent.
The Vincents are speedy slappers who set the tone for a prolific offense. Defensively, Adele Vincent is the stalwart at shortstop, and Elise Vincent is a center fielder with unlimited range.
“They’re very intense ball players that bring a lot of energy to the game,” said North Vermilion coach Joy LeBlanc. “They’re very hard-nosed, and they’re very smart. They are also athletic. They know how to play the game.”
North Vermilion looks to avenge an 8-4 loss to Parkview Baptist earlier this season as they prepare to face the Eagles on Friday in the Class 3A quarterfinals of the Fast Pitch 56 State Softball Tournament in Sulphur.
The twins, separated by a couple of minutes, use the friendly sibling rivalry to push each other to new heights.
“We have someone to push each other 24-7,” Adele Vincent said. “We do everything thing together.”
“We compete against each other, which helps us to get better,” Elise Vincent said. “It’s cool.”
That in-house competition has proven beneficial.
Elise Vincent has a .457 batting average with an on-base percentage of .554. Adele Vincent has a .514 batting average and a .527 on-base percentage.
The Patriots lost to Parkview Baptist on March 14 in a tournament at Parkview, and the Vincent duo said they are excited they get another shot at Parkview.
“I’m excited because I think we have a chance,” Elise Vincent said. “Since we played them, we’ve really worked on what we did wrong. I think we got it.”
The twins said they understand their role on the team. Their mission is to get on base, and they have been doing it at a high rate.
A win against Parkview Baptist would put the Patriots in the semifinals for the second straight year. The team suffered a 10-0 loss to Jena in last year’s semifinals. Adele Vincent said the team has not forgotten how its season ended in 2014.
“The loss (against Jena) makes us want to get back to where we were but do better this time,” she said.
LeBlanc said the Vincents are a luxury to have, because even though they aren’t power hitters, they’re the perfect table setters for Patriots sluggers Claire Meyers and Demi Boudreaux.
“It’s a great advantage to have both of them up there in the lineup,” LeBlanc said. “They do a very good job of setting the table for the big hitters so we can score some runs.”
The first pitch between No. 4 Parkview Baptist and No. 5 North Vermilion is scheduled for noon Friday at Frasch Park Field 15.