Merryville (18-8, 7-2), in midwest Louisiana, is the champion of District 5-1A.
“They’re good, but they are beatable,” said VC head coach Kim Guidry. “They sound like they resemble us a lot. They’re capable of doing different things.”
“Wer’re just going to have to hit the ball and play defense.”
With rain showers expected in the Merryville area on Monday and Tuesday, the game time has shifted around a bit, but Guidry said they’ll have to take their chances.
“I was going to try to play on Sunday,” said Guidry. “But, they’re in the Bible Belt. He wanted to play on Saturday. But, we’ve got ACTs and I can’t take a chance of my kids messing up on something that determines their future over something athletic.”
The Lady Eagles (13-10, 3-3) have had a solid close to the regular season, winning five of their last six games.
Senior hurler Mia LeBeouf is expected to start in the circle for VC on Monday.
The owner of a 13-10 record, LeBeouf has allowed 60 runs on 98 hits while striking out 161 and walking just 29. She is also hitting .463 with 20 RBIs.
Junior catcher Natalie Camel is batting .468 from her leadoff spot. Sophomore shortstop Katie Frith is hitting .458 with 12 RBIs. Freshman lefty first baseman Ashailee Brailey is batting .393 with nine RBIs, senior Regan David is batting .347 with five RBIs and freshman third baseman Caroline David is hitting at a .306 pace.
Guidry said her third senior, Jena Landry, is playing solid defense at second base.
With her team clicking as of late, Guidry said all her team can do now is show up to play.
“We feel confident with Mia,” she said. “Our defense has come around. We hit well (in a 4-0 season finale) against Delcambre, which makes us anxious.”
“All we can do is keep producing”