Quick learning leads to runner-up finish for Terrebonne 10U all-stars
Thu. July 25, 2013 at 10:14 a.m. | By Kelly McElroy/Staff Writer
The 10-and-under Terrebonne Softball All-Stars are, back row from left: assistant coach Jordan Fabre, assistant coach Chris Bueche and head coach Brandon Duplantis; standing from left: Morgan Parfait, Lela Billiot, Savannah Anderson and Jaedyn Falgout; kneeling from left: Magen Caro, Beyonce Henry, Areial Celestin and Alli Chassion; sitting from left: Megan Fregeau, Madison Duplantis, Kinslee Ross and Caitlyn Bueche. (Photo by Submitted Photo)
The 10-and-under Terrebonne Parish Softball All-Stars proved to be quick learners in placing runner-up in the Babe Ruth Southwest National Regional Tournament held in Terrebonne Parish July 17-21.
Many of the players had to play new positions as members of the all-star team after some of the best hitters and athletes in the area were selected.
Positions were not taken into consideration when the team was selected.
That meant many of the 12 young ladies on the team had limited experience playing certain spots, but the team still went 4-2 overall in the tourney.
Terrebonne Parish got wins over Cotulla, Texas, Patterson and Popularville, Miss., and also beat state and eventual regional champion St. Charles Parish 12-1 early in bracket play before falling to St. Charles 10-5 and 23-6 on Sunday in the title round as Terrebonne Parish placed second in the event held at the Broadmoor Fields.
Team members were Morgan Parfait, Lela Billiot, Savannah Anderson, Jaedyn Falgout, Magen Caro, Beyonce Henry, Areial Celestin, Alli Chassion, Megan Fregeau, Madison Duplantis, Kinslee Ross and Caitlyn Bueche.
Terrebonne 10U head coach Brandon Duplantis said he was proud of the team's effort.
"We select the better players, not by positions, so a lot of the girls had to learn new positions," Duplantis said. "We had to teach the girls how to play the outfield. Some had to sacrifice. It was a big deal at first, but they bought into the system and grew together as team. They really started playing well together. It was a great experience and it was exciting. We wanted to take first (place), but our girls played their hearts out and that's what matters."
Assistant coach Jordan Fabre, who helped coach the team with Duplantis and fellow assistant Chris Bueche, said the more the Terrebonne team played together, the more it began believing in itself.
"When we played together as an all-star team the first time at the (Babe Ruth) state tournament, we didn't fare as well," Fabre said. "We finished fourth in that tournament, but we just kept working and working with them, and we built up some confidence. We told them to keep believing they could beat St. Charles. Once you start believing, you can achieve something, and we knocked them down to the loser's bracket and made it to the championship round. We had to build these girls up to compete on a level much higher than they were used to competing in, and they did a great job."
Henry, the team's center fielder, said she enjoyed her experience as a 10U all-star softball player.
"It was great," Henry said. "I made some good friends on the team. (Beating St. Charles) was a good feeling because at state against St. Charles, we didn't beat them. But we beat them at regionals. Softball is my favorite sport in the whole wide world except for basketball. I get to make new friends every time I play."
Celestin played left field for the Terrebonne 10U team and she said she became a better player this summer.
"It was fun and interesting because some things I learned, I really didn't know," Celestin said. "It helped me learn how to play softball. The kids we play against could hit farther, and you can catch all the balls and stuff. They had really good competition."
Caro said while it was a thrill to play in the title series, she also made friends with the Terrebonne 10U team's biggest rival in the event.
"I had never been in a championship in all-stars before. I had a great time," Caro said. "I felt good after we beat (St. Charles) because no one had ever beat them before. I was pumped up. I mostly knew (all the girls on the Terrebonne team) because I played basketball with them, but I also met a few other girls who played on the St. Charles team."