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Hoffpauir switches gear to tournament ball

VIDALIA — With Jarrett Hoffpauir’s first season as Delta Charter head coach in the books, Hoffpauir is getting some extra coaching in this summer with the Concordia Parish tournament team.

Serving as the head coach of the 14-year-old group that will travel to the state tournament in Sulphur, La. on Friday, Hoffpauir has expanded from coaching Delta Charter’s 9th grade and under class to coaching players from Cathedral, Trinity, Vidalia, Monterey and, of course, his Storm.

“I think it’s good for all the kids from all of the schools,” Hoffpauir said. “Anytime they can play extra baseball at a competitive level, it’s a plus for everybody.”

Four of Hoffpauir’s Delta Charter players are on his tournament team, and though Hoffpauir chose to coach the older group this summer, he’s keeping a close eye on his younger players at summer workouts.

“They’re working hard and getting stronger,” Hoffpauir said. “We’re creating that team unity. It’s fun to see it build from the ground up.”

Building and improving is exactly what he hopes to see from his team this weekend, coming off of a 1-2 showing in the district tournament in Caldwell. Hoffpauir said his team’s bats bailed the team out of bad situations, but they were forced to play from behind in most of their games because of lapses on defense.

“I felt like we were as good as any team there,” Hoffpauir said. “We just didn’t play team baseball.”

Win, lose or draw, though, the former Major League Baseball player is enjoying the opportunity to gain more experience coaching a young group, and most of all, growing and progressing alongside the youth of the Miss-Lou.

“I have a lot of things to learn in the coaching world, but I think it’s going well,” Hoffpauir said. “I know how to play it the right way, and that’s my biggest thing — teaching these kids how to play it the right way.”