“We are keeping the same practice routine that we have been using, of course the boys know what’s at stake by now,” Scully explained. “We continue to emphasize staying focused at the plate and being patient. Defensively, we continue to shuffle guys around because the majority of our infield are pitchers. The players understand that this is what we were playing for and that is to get to the world series, so they are preparing for once in a life chance to be on this stage.”
The Ville Platte Super 10’s have gone to the Dixie Youth World Series before, but it’s been a little while. They have already shown they have the ability to do some amazing things. Their comeback wins over Sabine to earn the State Championship and the return wins against Bossier City in the southern regional serve as proof the boys know how to compete and win.
The boys and their coaches have surely come together as a team and grown into a group of brothers. It was evident with all of the smiles after the win last weekend in Alexandria. Scully credits the parents for those selfless attitudes.
“I know the parents are extremely excited and the coaches are too,” Scully remarked. “From a parent’s standpoint, they can’t wait to wear Louisiana on the front of the purple and gold shirts. They have been tremendous throughout this all-star season, with taking care of the players, coaches, spouses and our children. Anything we have asked for they have supplied. I can’t say enough about them, however I would like to acknowledge Brandi Marcantel who is the team mom. She has handled everything for me, from scheduling practices, to communicating with everyone involved with this team. She also handled and scheduled everything for the district tournament we hosted.”
Scully recognized how fortunate he is to have such a close coaching staff and went as far as to say he didn’t think the success of the team would have happened without the help of Brent Duplechin and Josh Deshotel.
“The coaches are happy because we set goals and we have accomplished what we set out to do,” he described. “So we are looking forward to continuing with our winning ways even though we achieved our goal. I can’t say enough about Josh Deshotel and Brent Duplechin; those two guys have been the key ingredient to our success. They’ve been around young people and know what it’s like to keep their (players’) engines running. It has truly been a blessing for all of us to be a part of something special.”
Louisiana (Ville Platte) will be ready to handle whatever comes at them. They take on Mississippi Saturday at 3:30 p.m. eastern time, which means 2:30 p.m. central time.
The winner of the game meets the winner of Arkansas and Bartow who play at 7:30 EST. The loser of Louisiana and Mississippi will meet the loser of the Arkansas-Bartow game Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
No matter what happens when the first pitch is thrown, all 12 teams in the tournament are going to be good teams. With that said, Scully believes their fans and community support will be the difference in the contests.
“This atmosphere is electric and we can’t wait to represent the community of Ville Platte, the Ville Platte Dixie Youth organization and the State of Louisiana in Bartow, Florida,” Scully said. “I would also like to thank Barry Bordelon and his wife Jeanne for working with us through each phase of this amazing journey. It’s not easy traveling all over the state without having support from the league. Again, thanks to everyone who has helped us to be a part of something special!”