PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

June 11, 2014

Jacquet eager to play one more time at MHS

Gabriel Pruett
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — It was a long softball season for the Port Arthur Memorial Lady Titans.

Wins were very hard to come by and it meant another season missing the playoffs out of District 21-5A.

Senior centerfielder Leslie Jacquet, however, has another chance to lace up her cleats and represent the Memorial High School. The Southeast Texas Coaches’ Association hosts an All-Star softball game at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Memorial.

The two teams are comprised of players from east Southeast Texas and west Southeast Texas. Jacquet was selected to the east squad, along side players from schools like Nederland, Port Neches-Groves, Bridge City and Orangefield.

“I am honored to be named to the team,” Jacquet said. “I had a pretty good preseason last year but then got hurt. When I was able to come back my confidence grew and I am happy to know the coaches saw my progress.”

Jacquet said it was tough playing out her final season at Memorial. The Lady Titans were a young team that showed promise but failed to deliver many wins.

“Our team always tried but in the end it was never enough,” Jacquet said. “I always tried to be a leader on the team since I was a senior. This game is going to be a good one. There will be a lot of players who love the sport of softball. I have been waiting on this game.”

There is also a huge positive in Jacquet’s favor.

“I am more comfortable playing at home,” Jacquet said. “I know the field obviously better than anyone who is going to be out there.”

Joining Jacquet on the East team will be Port Neches-Groves’ Shelby Valentine and Nederland’s Nicole Matise and Kelsey Beard. The team will be coached by Orangefield’s Amy McLaughlin.

McLaughlin’s Lady Bobcats finished first in District 21-3A. Orangefield will be represented by Kelsey Ancelot, Kaylie Evans and Khandi Breaux in tonight’s game. Bridge City’s Kelsey Fults is also scheduled to play.

“I have never met a lot of these girls,” Jacquet said. “We were supposed to practice on Tuesday but it was rained out so Wednesday was the first time I got to introduce myself. It is exciting.”

Tonight’s game could be very big for Jacquet’s future. She has not been contacted by any colleges to play softball at the next level. This game could give her that chance.

“I would love to play college softball,” Jacquet said. “I would love that opportunity. Right now my plan is to go to Prairie View A&M and major in nursing and minor in Biology.”