Three Tigers, Gonzales to participate in game
By GEOFF STOUTE
Three Morgan City High School seniors will have at least one more shot to further their high school baseball careers this weekend when they participate in the fifth annual Friday Night Sports All-Star Baseball Classic.
Ryan Veillion, Buck Gautreaux and Dylan Hymel will participate in the doubleheader at Southland Field in Houma. The first game is set for 2 p.m. with the second to follow immediately after.
All three said they are looking to continue their high school baseball careers if given the opportunity, and this weekend, they will be playing in front of college scouts.
Morgan City will be playing on the North team, which features players from Assumption, Central Lafourche, E.D. White, Morgan City, South Lafourche and Thibodaux.
Morgan City head coach Marc Gonzales will serve as an assistant on the North squad.
They will face the South team, composed of players from Covenant Christian Academy, Ellender, H.L. Bourgeois, Houma Christian, South Terrebonne, Terrebonne and Vandebilt Catholic.
Gautreaux said it was disappointing narrowly missing the playoffs and playing in this game will be “emotional.”
“Being able to suit up for the last time, being able to play in this game, it will be an emotional thing. ... This might be our last time,” he said.
Veillion agreed it would be good to play with teammates again and others they have faced during the season.
The squad had practice this week and Hymel said it has been “relaxing.”
“It’s different from high school where it’s ‘do this, do this, do this,’” Hymel said. “It’s just we go out there. We hit. We take groundballs.”
Gonzales said, “These guys, they have aspirations of going to the next level, as most people do. They get that chance this weekend to play in front of college scouts, and hopefully the college scouts are impressed at what they see.”
Even if they don’t get noticed this weekend, Gonzales said he would be trying to get his players into a college program to continue their careers.