East Iberville Tigers head baseball coach Moe Pointer and his team are excited about their chances in dominating 6-1A play this year. As they should be. The team is returning a lot of experienced players, including four seniors, and a fresh face on the mound.
The team did not lose anyone to graduation last season, and this year is the first year with this many seniors on the roster. EIHS did lose one experienced player, however, in Landon Brouillette, who transferred to play at rival school Plaquemine High.
There are a few familiar faces on the field, and they are faster and stronger than ever, according to coach Pointer. A few key players that have shown improvement are speedster Bryce Purpera, utility Izaak Bailey and standout second baseman Blake Barbay, both juniors.
“A lot of our younger guys have really grown to the right height,” Pointer said. “I think we’re going to look good out there on the field athletic wise.”
Bailey, who played catcher in 2016, will resume his position behind the plate and also occasionally take the mound for the Tigers.
Joining Bailey at the mound will be senior Alex Williams, a veteran pitcher, senior Kaylon York, first year pitcher, and freshman Jake Harelson.
Harelson pitched for Pointer in his summer metro league. Last week, he racked up seven strikeouts against Tara. It is safe to say the Tigers are stacked at the mound in both talent and experience.
The team sports four seniors this season in Alex Williams, Alex Campbell, Lee Barbay (first base) and Kaylon York.
“This is going to be a hard year for me because these guys have been with me since they were kids,” Pointer said. “It is going to be hard to let those guys go, but that’s part of life. We have done a good job in teaching them about being young men and doing the right things.”
There is one nagging issue for coach Pointer, however, but it is nothing new. “I wish we had the numbers,” he said, “so we can do the right things. But we are going to do the best with what we have.
“I think if we go in with the right mindset, we can do pretty well when district starts.”
EIHS may not have the numbers to make up for any barring injuries during the 2017 season, but they sure do have the talent. With four seniors and two very talented juniors, look for the Tigers to go far in 2017.