A civil war of sorts will take place on three area softball fields this weekend when Evangel, Byrd and Haughton host three teams from the southern part of Louisiana in a round-robin event, called “Perfect Pitch.”
The three visiting teams, St. Joseph’s, Barbe and Brusly are perennial softball powers with all three advancing to the playoffs last spring.
“Typically we travel for our four tournaments, but we wanted to see if we could get three really strong teams to come here and play,” Evangel coach Sher Mueller said. “We knew it would take some incentives to get them here and we were able to put together a package to make it appealing for them.”
Each local school will provide a team meal on Friday evening, while Haughton coach Hal Harlan was instrumental in securing some complimentary hotel rooms. Byrd coach Emerald Doria will provide a host site.
“I’m excited. We need to play some tough teams to get ready for our district race and the more teams we can play from the south, the better,” Doria said.
Byrd (currently 7-2) and Haughton (6-2) lost in the opening round of the 2012 LHSAA Class 5A playoffs to Natchitoches Central and Dominican respectively. Evangel (6-2) advanced to the 2A championship game before losing 2-0 to John Curtis. St. Joe beat Barbe 4-0 in the 5A playoffs, while Brusly advanced to the 3A semifinals.
The games will feature some of the top softball pitchers in the area including Anna Dies of Haughton, Sara Long and Hannah Lee of Byrd and Carolina Sanchez and McKenzie Ashby of Evangel.
“Historically, all three of those teams are strong, so it should provide a good matchup for all of us,” Mueller said. “We’ve had a number of businesses step up to help including Sports World and Steadman’s.”