Central Catholic will host Houma Christian Thursday

By GEOFF STOUTE

gstoute@daily-review.com

AMELIA — Houma Christian may be seeded 28th in the Class 1A baseball playoffs, but Central Catholic coach Tyler Jensen thinks they’re a top 16 to 20 seed.

Because he thinks so highly of them, Jensen said isn’t happy to be facing them in round 1.

“I’m not real happy about having to play them in the first round,” he said.

Jensen, whose squad finished the season with 20 wins, noted that Houma Christian won 14 games this season.

“Anybody that’s won 14 games is doing something right,” he said this morning.

The two squads faced off earlier this season at the Central Catholic Tournament in a matchup Central Catholic won 11-4.

“We beat them 11-4 last time but we had a pretty big inning in the fourth … These guys, it appears, they were up and down in the district, but early in the year they beat Loreauville …. They’ve won some pretty good games against some pretty good teams,” Jensen said.

As for the team, Jensen said Houma Christian was a “scrappy” squad that used a right hander against the Eagles who threw plenty of strikes.

Jensen also recalled Houma Christian would bunt at any time in the game.

Despite the early season victory, Jensen said he doesn’t put much stock in it, noting that last year, Vermilion Catholic defeated Central Catholic twice in the regular season before the Eagles won the third meeting in the playoffs.

As long as you’re in the playoffs, everyone’s equal,” he said. “Everybody’s 0-0.”

Jensen said Houma Christian probably is a better squad than when they faced Central Catholic in the first meeting. He said his squad, which is on a 10-game winning streak, is better than when they played that first go-round.

“We’re definitely playing our best baseball,” he said. “The playoffs have come along at the right time for us.”

While Jensen said he wasn’t sure who he would start, he said he is considering going with junior Bryson Barbier. However, he did note he has a lot of confidence in freshman Samuel Guarisco, who tossed a complete game during the Eagles’ matchup with Houma Christian earlier this season.

“It just depends,” he said of the starter. “It’ll probably be a game-time decision.”

Thursday’s contest will begin at 6 p.m. with admission set at $6.

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