There will be several players and coaches offering St. Thomas More’s Bailey Hemphill best wishes. And mostly it will be because the four-time All-State catcher will be playing for the University of Alabama next season and not against them.
Finishing off one of the most memorable prep softball careers in the state’s history, Hemphill did so in style and was named the player of the year in Class 4A by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
On the baseball side of the ledger, junior outfielder Nick Webre of Teurlings Catholic, an LSU commitment, won player of the year honors.
In her senior campaign, Hemphill hit .560 with 12 homers, 29 RBIs and 22 runs. She was walked 49 times in 99 plate appearances and struck out just once.
Webre hit .444 with six homers, 11 doubles, six triples, 41 RBIs and 42 runs scored for the state champion Rebels.
The baseball coach of the year is Kyle Cormier, who led fifth-seeded Breaux Bridge to a 25-5 overall record and a trip to the Class 4A semifinals.
In softball, Cabrini’s Shannon Austin took the Crescents to the 4A championship game in her final season as coach, and was named coach of the year.
Teurlings (Webre, utility player Austin Kirkpatrick and pitchers Brett Weber and Josh Taylor), Karr (pitcher Tyree Thompson and outfielder Myran Pelrean), West Ouachita (pitcher Luke Honeycutt and infielder Zach Watson) and St. Michael (infielder Michael Smith and utility player Ross Scelfo) had multiple players make the baseball team.
Four softball squads had more than one player make the 4A team, including St. Thomas More (Hemphill and pitcher Whitney Romero), Cabrini (pitcher Karli Perque and infielder Christie Runnels), North DeSoto (pitcher EC Delafield, infielder Bayli Simon and outfielder Emily Henderson) and Leesville (infielder Alexis Hagan and outfielder Keyana Poteat).