Morgan City All-Stars will begin play in Sulphur Friday
By GEOFF STOUTE
The Morgan City 10U All-Stars has overcome the rain.
Soon, they hope to over-come their opponents.
While their preparations for this weekend’s AAA South Regional have been interrupted by rain, forcing them into indoor batting cages and one day this week, under the U.S. 90 bridge, Morgan City coach Mark Morell said when his squad has hit the field, he said they have looked good.
Friday at 5 p.m., they will get to put those preparations in action when they begin play against tournament host Sulphur.
Morgan City enters the tournament after a dominating district performance in which the squad posted shutouts in three of four games as the squad cruised to a district title by outscoring its opponents 46-11.
All 11 runs were surrendered in a 21-11 win against St. Mary Central.
On the mound, Morgan City surrendered just 10 hits in district and fanned 38 batters.
While pitching was good, Morell said his squad is more than just a good team on the mound.
“As good as our pitching is, I think our team is very balanced,” he said. “We do hit the ball very well and we do field the ball very well,” although he said many may not have been able to see the fielding due to the team’s outstanding pitching at district.
Morell said his team is excited about continuing their postseason play, and he said he likes their chances against what he thinks will be tougher competition.
“I expect our team to step up to the challenge, and I expect us to compete with those teams,” he said. “We’re going down there to win this tournament, not just to play in it.”
This year’s squad includes a core group who went to the pitching machine state tournament two years ago in Natchitoches, so they do have some postseason experience.
Morell thinks this year’s squad will do better than it did as 8-year-olds.
The south regional will continue through Tuesday when a tournament champion will be crowned in the double-elimination event.