Pony 13s begin zone tourney play today
St. Mary Pony 13-year-old All-Stars will continue postseason play today when it faces Friendswood, Texas, in opening round action at the Pony 13-year-old South Zone Tournament Elite Bracket in Deer Park, Texas. Above, St. Mary’s Lucas Hatch catches during the Pony 13s Super Region Tournament in Youngsville last week. (Submitted Photo/Courtesy of Janea Giroir)
The St. Mary Pony 13-year-old All-Stars will begin play in the Pony 13-year-old South Zone Tournament Elite Bracket.
St. Mary will play Friendswood, Texas, today at 8 p.m. in Deer Park, Texas, which is near Houston.
While coach Tony Beaubouef said he doesn’t know a lot about the other teams, he said that because they have advanced to the south zone tournament, he expects “good, quality competition.”
To be successful, he said his team will have to pitch, play solid defense and get hits when the opportunities are given to them.
“I thought we did that real well in the previous tournament with the exception of a couple innings,” he said. “Our defense has been really solid, and we’ve been swinging the bat pretty good.”
In the Pony 13s Super Region Tournament in Youngsville, St. Mary won its first two games in dominant fashion before dropping two of its next three, both to St. Landry, which beat St. Mary in the winner’s bracket final before run-ruling them in the finals after St. Mary had knocked off Cajun Sports Association in an elimination contest.
In both contests, one big inning was St. Mary’s downfall.
Beaubouef said eliminating a big inning can be done via pitching and defense.
St. Mary also has had to overcome the loss of one of its players as Beaubouef said his son, Brad, broke his foot during the first contest against St. Landry Thursday.
Beaubouef was one of the team’s best hitters, his father said.
“The other guys in the lineup are going to have to really step up and produce, and it’s going to be a challenge, but I think we’re in good position to go compete,” he said.
His spot on the roster has been filled by Landon Harris.
St. Mary is one of eight teams in the bracket.
A championship game is set for Sunday, but the tournament could continue until Monday with an if-necessary game if the team that emerges from the loser’s bracket defeats the tournament’s undefeated team.
The winner will advance to play the winner of the Pony 13 Zone Championship against the winner out of the zone tournament’s traditional bracket.
That winner will advance to the Pony World Series in Fullerton, Calif.