An obsessive baseball coach might be accused of making a mountain out of a molehill when the name of an opponent is mentioned.
Maurepas baseball coach Anthony Gregoire calls it the way he sees it going into the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Baseball tournament.
“There’s a definitely a hill there for us to climb,” Gregoire said. “But it’s not one we haven’t seen before. This is similar to two years ago when we were in Class C and we had to play Family Christian in the semifinals and they were the defending champion.
“Fairview is seeded ninth, but they’re better than that. They’re the defending state champion. We’ve got our work cut out for us. But it’s a situation we can handle. These guys have seen it before.”
The fifth-seeded Wolves (21-9) meet No. 9 Fairview (16-10) in a Class B semifinal set for 7 p.m. Thursday at McMurry Park in Sulphur. The Class B semifinal helps open the three-day LHSAA tourney that runs through Saturday. The Class B final is set for noon Saturday.
Gregoire conceded that his team got lost in the shuffle a year ago in the move from Class C to B. He said a first-round playoff loss to Holden served as a catalyst for the Wolves’ current playoff run.
Austin Aime (6-6) gets the start Thursday for the Wolves. Aime has lost a number of games to teams in higher classification teams, along with Florien, the No. 2 seed, which faces No. 3 Choudrant in the other Class B semifinal at 4 p.m.
“He’s got that bulldog mentality on the mound, and he throws a lot of strikes,” Gregoire said. “I also think we’re better defensively with him on the mound.”
Gregoire is contemplating some defensive changes, including a move that would be Chaz Scivicque, the brother of LSU catcher Kade Scivicque, from catcher to third base.
Scivicque leads the Wolves in hitting with a .530 batting average and 58 RBIs. Donovan Thibodeaux, an outfielder, is at .480 with 40 RBIs. Thibodeaux and fellow outfielders Darrian Bouquet and Brody Babin are Maurepas’ only seniors.
There’s also an LSU connection for Fairview. Junior pitcher-infielder Brennan Maddox is a Tigers commitment who batted .333 in district play. Seniors Grant and Hunter Dowies are also among the Panthers’ top hitters.