Lady Cats ready for softball season
The Eunice High Lady Bobcats only played nine softball games in 2020 before the COVD-19 pandemic halted the season.
First-year head softball coach Trenon Trosclair was an assistant coach last season and he liked what he saw in his team in the shortened season.
“Experience will be a vital part to our success this season,” Trosclair said.
“We have six seniors,” he said, “three who have played since they were freshmen and that is crucial as leaders on the team.”
The seniors are infielder Olivia Thibodeaux, catcher McKenzie Guillory and pitcher Jailyn Pavich along with Sydni Lemelle, Mallory O’Brien and Trinity Ned.
“Olivia, Jailyn and McKenzie have played in a lot of games for us, while the other three have talent and will help us.”
The juniors are Caroline Vienne, Alissa Pate, Sophie Vidrine, Carli Boone, Harli Turner. Raegan Fontenot, Jeslyn Edwards, Abbie Dupre, Aniyah Etienne and Rylea Gradney.
“The junior and seniors have been together a lot and that is important,” he said. “We have a good chemistry – we don’t need division so we can be closer as a team this season.”
Sophomore players are Gabby Mitchell, Harmony Jason, Kathryn Quebedeaux and Madelyn Edwards.
Freshmen include Alexis Ortego, Denina Ned. Allie Vige, Bailey Turner, Kynslie LaRose, Brooklyn Francois, Madison Allison and Alana Bushnell.
“I have a great group,” Trosclair said. “They show up to practice every day and really get after it.
“They have a lot of emotion and energy and are fun to be around.”
As a former college football and baseball player, Trosclair said he is enjoying coaching softball.
“The game is a lot faster and the field is a lot smaller and I’m still getting adjusted to the differences from baseball.
“I like what Jailyn and Caroline bring as pitchers,” the coach said. “Denina is a freshman pitcher with talent.”
The Lady Bobcats begin the regular season 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Opelousas Catholic followed by their home opener on Friday against Crowley.
“We should improve as the season goes on,” he said. “I want them to play hard and compete every inning.
“This team has a lot of potential to have a solid year, I’m ready for the season to start.”