This weekend some of the area’s top teams will be squaring off in the Teurlings Catholic Invitational Tournament.
The tournament slate is scheduled to get underway — Friday afternoon —at Teurlings Catholic and St. Thomas More.
The host Rebels will look to use the tournament to turn around what has been a rough start to the season.
Coach Lauren Delahoussaye’s team is 1-6, but the slow start doesn’t have the coach in panic mode yet.
“We need to play better as a team,” Delahoussaye said. “I’m not looking for just one or two individuals to step up their play.”
Another area team off to a slow start is Acadiana.
Coach Kevin Smith said this tournament will provide his young team with valuable experience going forward.
“We’re young, we’ve a junior and sophomore who handle most of the pitching for us, and we’re still looking to build chemistry and find the grove that works best for the team,” Smith said.
Smith also echoed Delahoussaye’s thoughts about needing his entire team to step up.
“I’m looking for a few kids to step up, clean up some errors and put the bat on the ball,” Smith said.
St. Thomas More coach Andria Waguespack, like Teurlings and Acadiana, is looking for the tournament to provide her team with much-needed experience.
“We are a work in progress, we’re still working on gaining in game experience, but were doing a good job of progressing,” Waguespack said.
If her team is to be successful, this weekend and going forward, coach Waguespack knows her offense will need to come around.
“We’re going to have to take advantage when we have base runners on, ” Waguespack said. “We’ve struggled in that department.”
But Waguespack isn’t getting discouraged saying, “Hitting is a process, a constant part of the game that is always under construction.”
Other local teams in the tournament include Comeaux and Notre Dame.
Berwick, North DeSoto and Lutcher round out the eight- team field.
Teurlings Catholic Invitational
Teurlings vs. Acadiana, 4 p.m.
STM vs. Berwick, 4 p.m.
Teurlings vs. North DeSoto, 9 a.m.
Comeaux vs. St. Thomas More, 9 a.m.
Notre Dame vs. Berwick, 11 a.m.
St. Thomas More vs. Acadiana, 11 a.m.
Lutcher vs. Teurlings, 1:30 p.m.
Berwick vs. Acadiana, 3:30 p.m.
Notre Dame vs. Comeaux, 9 a.m.
Comeaux vs. Lutcher, 11 a.m.
Lutcher vs. Notre Dame, 1:30 p.m.