This week, the Galveston College Whitecaps softball team will see a plethora of tough teams coming to town for this year’s Island Invitational Softball Tournament.
The round-robin tournament will begin today and finish up tomorrow at Lassie League Field.
Teams coming to the island range from all over Texas and the southern United States.
The schools competing include Galveston College, Blinn College, Chipola College, Alvin Community College, Snead State Community College, San Jacinto College, Navarro College, University of Houston-Victoria, Seminole State College, Lamar State College, Kilgore College and Odessa College.
Most of the schools competing are in the same conference as the Whitecaps. Last year, San Jacinto won the Region XIV Tournament. The Whitecaps met the Blinn College Buccaneers in the winner’s bracket of the region tournament last spring.
In the preseason NJCAA poll, Chipola College was ranked fifth in the country while Seminole State was sitting in 12th.
“We have some good teams coming in,” said Galveston College head coach Ken Delcambre, who enters his 20th year at Galveston College. “San Jacinto College will be here. They went far last year. We have some strong teams but I think we’ll do fine. We’re capable of winning five games.”
The Whitecaps will take on Odessa College at 9 a.m. Friday in the first round. Galveston College will follow it up by facing Snead State at 1 p.m. before finishing the day against Navarro at 5 p.m.
On Saturday, the Whitecaps will face Seminole State at 11 a.m. before taking on Kilgore College at 3 p.m.
Delcambre likes what he sees from his team so far.
“I think that we’re one of the top teams in this tournament. That’s what I’m looking for. I think we have the personnel and the speed. We can score and we’ll have solid hitting and pitching.”
Delcambre said he wants to see more steadiness from his players this weekend.
“I want to see consistency and execution,” Delcambre said. “I want us to be consistent at this tournament.”
The Whitecaps began the 2018 season last week by splitting against the LSUE Bengals in Eunice, La.
Galveston College won the first game in a 5-4 contest before falling short in the second game, 4-2.