Practice makes perfect!That was his hope when head coach, Brandon Lamkin signed up his Jackson Parish 12U Girls All Star squad for a “warm-up” tourney in Monroe this past weekend in preparation of the District All-Star tournament that will be held in Bossier City on the weekend of June 17-19.
The result? JPu12 was perfect in practice!
At least they were in the pool stage of the tournament taking a 10-0 victory over Bastrop and besting Union by a 6-3 margin. JPu12 was scheduled to play Union again in the first round of the double elimination tournament Saturday evening. Due to publishing deadlines the results of the elimination stage games will be provided in the Wednesday edition of the Jackson Parish Journal.
Jackson Parish 10 Bastrop 0: The “Dandy Dozen” couldn’t have harldy put forth a more completely dominating effort in the contest that lasted only an inning and a half before the game was called per the “mercy rule.” Ten players batted, ten reached base. Eight players scored, including two who scored twice. The other two? They each knocked in a run.
Tourney rules allowed for only five runs to be scored per at bat. JP12U maxed out without making an out in the first inning and did it again with an out to spare in the second. Out of the sixteen total plate appearances, ten runs were scored, four were on base when the innings were called and only two outs were made. Defensively, JPu12 pitching didn’t allow Bastrop any hits or runs.
Jackson Parish 6 Union Parish 3: While the final score wasn’t as one sided, the contest that got shortened to just two innings due to time limits, probably did more for the team as they got a taste of tight competition. Union Parish opened by plating two runs causing JPu12 to deal with the situation of trailing in a game for the first time. How would they respond? The two run deficit turned into a two run lead. Union came right back to cut the lead in half, but once again, the locals did damage in their half of the inning to add two more runs and take the victory.
In full disclosure, the sample size to make an initial judgement about the future prospects of the team was small but JPu12 made a good first impression. Chances are that if you were to ask Lamkin his thoughts on the team after the pool play stage, he may just borrow the lyrics from an old hit song by the country rock band, Alabama – They were close enough to perfect for me!
JP12U “Pool Stage” Tourney Totals
To report an issue or typo with this article – CLICK HERE