Jensen looking to restore dominant CCHS tradition
By: GEOFFREY STOUTE
When Tyler Jensen took over as Central Catholic head baseball coach this season, his goal was to go back to the past.
The 2005 CCHS alum, who won three state baseball titles (2002, 2004 and 2005), said he wanted to bring the program back to the level that it was when he was playing baseball where the program was competing for state titles annually.
“This school was a baseball school,” Jensen said at the beginning of the season. “No matter what anybody wants to say, it was a baseball school. It was a dynasty, and it’s fallen off.”
Jensen knows that change will not happen overnight, but he also knows to get back to that point, he has to change his team’s mindset.
“It was almost like they played baseball just to play baseball when it’s not just about playing baseball,” Jensen said. “It’s about playing for Central Catholic.”
About 2½ months into the job, Jensen has his young squad — they only have three seniors — looking to conclude its regular season with a winning mark and make a postseason run.
“This season has been filled with some inconsistencies,” Jensen said. “There are times we are as good as anyone, and there are times we aren’t very good at all. I look for us to try to become consistent down the stretch and turn the corner and play to our potential on a consistent basis.”
The Eagles (12-10 overall, 2-3 in District 8-1A play) have five regular season games remaining, including three district contests — two district games today against Gueydan at home and another on Friday at home against Ascension Episcopal. The last two games of the regular season are non-district contests, one on Saturday at Ballpark of Acadiana against Loreauville and finally on Monday against Ascension Christian in Gonzales.
During his first season as head coach, Jensen said he has had players step up to fill positions.
“Guys continue to improve throughout the season,” he said. “Our pitching has been a pleasant surprise and has been much better than last year. Our defense has been consistent the past few games as well.”
One thing Jensen said he would like his squad to do better is get hits when they are needed.
“I do think part of that is some of these guys still needing to mature and (are) learning to want to be in those key spots. One thing I will say about this team is they play hard. They have done everything we have asked of them and done them as hard as they can. I couldn’t have asked for a better first team. I look forward to the rest of this season. We are going to take these games one at a time and see if we can make a run at this thing.”