A Tim Hulett-coached team is known for its ability to hit the baseball.
Even as the names and faces change on the lineup card, Evangel has produced high-scoring team after high-scoring team in Hulett’s time at the school.
Last week, as the Eagles battled their way to a share of the District 1-2A crown, this edition of the Eagles looked like their predecessors, scoring 80 runs in a 6-0 week.
“It was a good week for us,” Hulett said. “One of the things we’re constantly reminding ourselves is we have a lot of young guys. It’s taken its toll this year. They’ve had to go through the ups and downs and the failures. That’s really how you get better. Yeah, the competition wasn’t great, but when you have success like that, it gives you a little boost of confidence.”
With the state playoffs around the corner, the timing of his team’s newfound offensive prowess was not lost on Hulett, who has guided the Eagles to three state championships (2006, 2009, 2011).
“I don’t want to say we’re disappointed,” Hulett said. “I thought we’d be farther along at certain stages than we were, but this is what we really want to do. We want everything to come together at the end of the year, and it’s really starting to come together.”
That much is shown in the Eagles’ offense and their penchant for winning close games.
In the second half of district play, Evangel grabbed one-run road wins at Calvary and North Webster in playoff-type settings.
“You’ve got to get them in that environment,” Hulett said. “You can talk about how the environment’s going to be and what it’s going to be like, but until they experience it, they don’t understand.”
Benton: Catcher Andrew Cole will sign his national letter of intent to play for Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday at a 9:20 a.m. ceremony at Benton.
Cole leads the Tigers with a .438 average and has delivered a team-best four home runs, while batting mostly leadoff.
“His leadership,” Tigers coach J.D. Stephens said about Cole’s top non-physical attribute. “The best thing you can say about him is he is a kid who will either push the older guys to be better, or he’ll take their spot.”
LHSAA Playoffs: For teams in Classes 4A-C, today is decision day.
After noon, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association will release its playoff brackets for six of its seven classes. This weekend, 5A teams will learn their fates.
Local teams in line to receive first-round home games, according to unofficial power ratings posted on kenramsey.com Monday, are Benton (No. 5, Class 4A), Minden (No. 13), Northwood (No. 15), North DeSoto (No. 1, Class 3A), Loyola (No. 13), Calvary (No. 1, Class 2A), Evangel (No. 4) and North Webster (No. 11).