By Trent Friedel, exclusive to the Times
Saint Mary’s baseball hosted the Leesville Wampus cats for a home scrimmage last week. Thursday night was a cloudy evening and cool temperatures prevailed as they often do
during early season baseball. Saint Mary’s won’t receive their full lineup till basketball concludes, but the Tigers looked good. Pitch count was the format for the scrimmage. Each pitcher that toed the mound had 25 pitches to show his mettle.
Patrick Vienne got dibs on the Wampus Cats and appeared to touch 80 mph with his heater. Saint Mary’s chalked up three runs in the first. Those runs came against the Leesville pitcher who is an NSU signee. Several other Tigers got a chance to show Coach McMinn what they can add to the bullpen.
The early preseason action is just what the Tigers needed to prepare for the regular season that will kick off Feb. 19 at Many. Senior infielder Stephen Mayeaux returns for Saint Mary’s after earning All-district, All-region and All-State honors last season.
Vienne sent one over the left field wall in the third and he may be an addition at bat and on the mound. New brick adorns the dugouts and back stop at Cracker Brown. The addition is very nice and eye appealing.
Saint Mary’s prevailed 13 – 7 over Leesville in the contest that went 10 innings. It will not be long before winter gives way to spring and Tiger baseball.