Bobcats, Jays hold baseball jamboree
The annual Perry Pitre Ford jamboree will be held this weekend at both Eunice High and St. Edmund baseball fields.
The junior varsity jamboree will be played on Friday, followed by the varsity teams competing on Saturday.
The junior varsity games held at Blue Jay Field at North Park begin at 3:30 p.m. as Sacred Heart of Ville Platte takes on Iota.
The SHVP Trojans will then face Pine Prairie at 4:45 p.m.
The St. Edmund junior varsity will take on Iota at 6 p.m. and the Blue Jays when then battle Pine Prairie at 7:15 p.m.
At Eunice High, the JV games will begin at 3:30 p.m. as Opelousas Catholic takes on Ascension Episcopal.
AES will face Notre Dame at 4:45 p.m.
The Pioneers will take on Opelousas Catholic at 6 p.m.
Eunice will conclude the junior varsity jamboree against Mamou at 7:15 p.m.
The Perry Pitre Ford jamboree continues on Saturday with four varsity games held on both fields.
At St. Ed’s, Pine Prairie will take on Sacred Heart-Ville Platte at 10 p.m., followed by SHVP facing Iota at 11:30 p.m.
The Blue Jays will battle Pine Prairie at 1 p.m. before closing the jamboree at 2:30 p.m. against Iota.
“I think the jamboree will help us see who can do what,” St. Ed’s head baseball coach Barry Manuel said. “We need to get the reps in because we are not 100 percent ready and we need to see who can perform best at each position.
“The jamboree is a good way for the younger players to get in the game, gain experience and maybe push the older guys to perform at a higher level.
“Both junior varsity and varsity jamborees is a great way to see more guys get batting practice, live pitching and all that goes with it so that they can get prepared for the season.”
At Bobcat Field, Saturday’s action begins at 10 a.m. when Mamou faces Ascension Episcopal.
AES will then take on Opelousas Catholic at 11:30 p.m.
Eunice will end the jamboree with a 1 p.m. battle against Mamou, followed by a 2:30 p.m. clash with Opelousas Catholic.
“It is an initiation into the season,” Eunice High head baseball coach Scott Phillips said. “We have to limit what we do pitching wise because we start the season next Monday.
“But the more we can scrimmage the better as we work to fill out our roster,” the coach said. We can practice – but these guys need to play.”
The weather could change the schedule, according to Phillips.