'Jills to play at home against St. Charles
By GEOFF STOUTE
PATTERSON — The Patterson High School softball team will continue its playoff journey today when it hosts No. 7 seed St. Charles Catholic in a 5 p.m. contest.
The Lumberjills, the No. 23 seed, advanced to the second round after knocking off No. 10 seed Loranger on the road Tuesday.
Patterson coach Coby Minton attended St. Charles’ first-round matchup with No. 26 seed Farmerville.
While Minton said it was hard to get a good read on St. Charles because the game was a blowout that St. Charles won 15-0 in three innings, Minton did pick up some things.
“The things you could tell is they’re obviously very well coach,” he said. “They’re going to be very fundamentally sound. They try to pressure you in the run game.”
He said St. Charles uses small ball to set up the middle of its lineup.
Pitching wise, he said of the St. Charles pitcher, “the name of her game is keeping people off balance.”
Following Tuesday’s big win, Minton said he wanted his squad to enjoy the victory Tuesday.
“It’s been since 2007 since this softball team here has won a playoff game, and I didn’t want them to not be able to enjoy it,” he said.
However, the celebration had to be a quick one as he said Wednesday, prior to practice, that his squad needed to focus again on St. Charles.
For Patterson, the home game will be the first since March 27. For family and friends, it will be the first time they get to see their teammates in the playoffs.
Because Loranger was a two-plus hour trip on a school night, Minton said a lot of the players’ family and friends couldn’t make it.
As for what the team can expect in Friday’s game, Minton said he thought there would be a nice crowd.
“One thing that I’ve always loved about Patterson High, it doesn’t matter what sport it is, when you’re in a big-time situation in a big time game, the whole school and the community usually does a good job of rallying behind you.”
Admission to today’s game will be $7.