CROWLEY – With the 2012-13 prep basketball season hitting its final stretch, area baseball and softball teams are gearing up for the beginning of what looks to be a promising season for everyone involved.
Most of the local teams will kick off the 2013 campaign on Saturday when they participate in their annual jamborees.
Starting in baseball, the Notre Dame Pioneers will travel to Lafayette to participate in the Teurlings Jamboree. Both the Pios’ jayvee and varsity squads will be in action, taking on Westminster and host Teurlings in a pair of three-inning contests.
The Pios’ jayvee team will take on Westminster at 11:30 a.m. and the two varsity teams will square off at 12:45 p.m.
Notre Dame and Teurlings will then play a jayvee contest at 2 p.m. The Pios and Rebels will round out the day’s action with a varsity contest at 3:15.
“With the jamboree, you kind of start to get the intensity of a real game and that’s what we like about it,” said Notre Dame coach Timmy Robichaux. “Especially playing Teurlings - it’s always a challenge when we play them so we’re looking forward to it .”
Notre Dame returns just four starters - Brennan Corzine, Hogan Guidry, Clint Faul and Dillan Gilbert – from last year’s playoff team that was eliminated in the second round by eventual state champion North DeSoto.
“We also have a number of guys that saw significant playing time,” said Robichaux. “We have a lot of different people right now that are getting playing time (in the scrimmages) and there are a lot of positions that are still up in the air….which is a good thing because there are a lot of kids getting a chance to play.”
Crowley High will also be in action Saturday. The Gents will travel to Rayne to participate in the RHS Wolves Jamboree.
“We’re looking forward to it,” said CHS coach Christian Doughty. “We have a young team that we’re real excited about and we’re anxious to see how things are going to go.”
Rayne’s jamboree will feature six games with the first three being jayvee contests.
Rayne will kick things off at 9 a.m. with a three-inning contest against Welsh. Crowley will then take on Church Point at 10:30 and Welsh and Church Point round out the jayvee slate at noon.
Welsh and Rayne will begin varsity action at 1:30 p.m. followed by a game between Church Point and Crowley. The Wolves and the Gents will close out the day with a game at 4:30 p.m.
The Gents return four starters - Mickey Morgan, Alex Lebouef, Luke Ancelet and Mackay Mouton -from last year’s squad that earned the No. 19 seed in the playoffs. The Gents were eliminated in the first round by Brusly.
“We have a lot of new faces and a big freshman class,” said Doughty, who has 12 freshmen players on the roster. “We feel like we have a talented group, we’re just real young. We only have two seniors (Morgan and LeBouef) and our starting lineup, as of right now, will include three freshmen.”
The Gents will play host to Breaux Bridge this afternoon in a scrimmage at Miller Stadium. The two teams were scheduled to play Wednesday, but wet field conditions forced the contest to be moved back a day.
The jayvee game is slated for 4 p.m. with the varsity contest to follow.
In other jamboree action, Northside Christian will travel to Lake Arthur on Saturday and Iota will be in Eunice to take part in the EHS Bobcat Jamboree.
Notre Dame and Crowley High’s softball teams will also be in action this weekend.
The Lady Pios will be in Lafayette taking part in the Teurlings Jamboree, where they will play Lafayette High at 9 a.m. and Kaplan at 10:30.
“I’m excited to see our girls in action,” said Notre Dame first-year coach Dusty Collette. “I’m excited about the season and just seeing how our girls react to game situations.”
Notre Dame returns six starters from last year’s state quarterfinal team that lost to eventual state champion Buckeye in the Fast Pitch 56 State Tournament.
Hurler Molly Stelly returns on the mound as does catcher Alexa Thibodeaux and infielders Allie Daigle and Taylor Satchell. Outfielders returning include Taylor Boulet and Elise LeBeouf.
Katherine Kirsch was expected to return at first base, but a knee injury suffered in basketball has sidelined the former All-Stater for her senior season.
The Crowley Ladies, who return the bulk of last season’s squad, including All-District pitcher Olivia Boullion, will travel to Alexandria to participate in the Alexandria Senior High Jamboree on Saturday.
Opponents were unknown as of press time, but the Ladies will play two jayvee games (10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.) and two varsity games (12:30 p.m. and 1:30).
“We have looked good in our scrimmages and we’ve done a lot of good things,” said CHS first-year coach Zack Pulling. “We’ve improved drastically since this summer so I expect good things out of this group.
“Hopefully we can put the bat on the ball, make the other team make mistakes and limit ours.”
In other jamboree action, Northside Christian will be in Abbeville taking on North Vermilion at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the Vermilion Catholic Jamboree.
Iota will travel to Lafayette to particiapte in the Acaidana Jamboree. The Lady Dogs will take on Rayne at noon and Westminster at 1 p.m.