Left: Photo by ROBERT SUMMERLIN — Pitcher Tanner Frasier of Ruston High School starts to follow through on a pitch during weekend action at the Trey Altick Louisiana Prep Classic which was held at 10 different fields in the area, including the Bearcats’ diamond. Right: Catcher Austin McNeill of Cedar Creek takes a throw while guarding the plate during the Cougars’ action in the Trey Altick Louisiana Prep Classic this weekend. Cedar Creek was one of the schools serving as a host site for the tourney.
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Pregame rituals for Louisiana Tech University’s football team this fall just won’t be the same in our corner.
No Petey Perot around.
Nobody like him to give a tough time, get tickled about his almost Nick Saban-like (OK, there’s only one of those and, besides, Petey will probably want to kick my butt over even putting him in that category) intensity and swapping good-natured putdowns.
Home games or road trips, Trevor Gaskins has this theory about how he and his Louisiana Tech University teammates should approach them.
“Although each game is different, you still have to go into each one playing hard and helping each other out,” said the senior guard and second leading scorer (10.5) for the Bulldogs. “It’s about giving a great effort on every play and communicating with each other.”
And it’s those things that the scrappy never-let-up Bulldogs (11-11, 3-4) will be doing on Saturday (8 p.m., CDT) against New Mexico State University (16-7, 5-2) in a Western Athletic Conference game in Las Cruces.
(Editor’s note: Buddy Ball is a popular softball program designed for special needs’ youngsters in Lincoln Parish. Ages four-through-16 participate in the league that will feature its fall action during the last two weekends of September and all four weekends in October. The following story was written by Ruston’s Laura Smith, who served as an assistant coach for one of the teams earlier this year).
It was a chilly Saturday in March, the morning of our first Buddy Ball game.
There were four teams there that morning comprised of 39 of God’s most precious children. And there I was, the assistant coach for one of those teams.