Kaplan softball takes major Class 3A awards: Abby Trahan named Outstanding Player, Shay Herpin is Coach of the Year _lowres

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- Alexa Fontenot in the circle for Kaplan on Saturday April 30, 2016 in Sulfur.

Outstanding Player

Abby Trahan (Kaplan, Sr.)

Abby Trahan has spent the better part of the past four years as one of the most dominant pitchers in Acadiana.

So what is the Kaplan four-year starter’s secret to success when she steps on the rubber? Confidence.

“You have to know that you are better than that batter,” Trahan said. “Even if you are not, you have to remain confident.”

That confidence helped Trahan put together a sensational senior season as she lead her team to the Class 3A state championship, won more than 20 games, had an ERA of under 1.00 and struck out more than 300 batters.

For those accomplishments, Trahan has been named The Acadiana Advocate’s Outstanding Player for the second straight year.

Kaplan entered the season coming off a season in which the Lady Pirates finished as state runner-up. Despite losing several pieces from 2015, Trahan said her team was more than prepared to make another deep playoff run.

“All four years we made it to the state, and I think that experience helped us how to handle things this year,” said Trahan, who will pitch for Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania next year.

Kaplan led the way as the team earned the No. 4 seed in the bracket and promptly shut out its first three playoff opponents by a combined score of 15-0, defeated top seed Parkview Baptist by six runs in the semifinals and then blanked Lutcher 4-0 in the title game.

It was the perfect ending to Trahan’s career.

“I had been waiting for that for four years,” Trahan said. “It was the best way to end my high school career.”

Coach of the Year

Lauren Delahoussaye (Teurlings Catholic)

The Lady Rebels lost a slew of talent to graduation, including star pitcher and UL-Lafayette signee Summer Ellyson. That inexperience showed as the team lost 10 of its first 15 games, then won six of its next nine but ended the regular season with three straight nondistrict losses in which the team fell by a combined 28-0.

That finish pushed Teurlings Catholic down to the No. 26 seed in the Class 4A bracket.

But Teurlings upset No. 7 seed Tioga in the playoffs’ opening round, then upset No. 10 seed Academy of Our Lady to clinch a spot in the Fast Pitch 56. The team’s run ended with a loss to West Ouachita in the quarterfinals.

The first team

PITCHERS

ABBY TRAHAN/Kaplan, Sr.

Trahan struck out 301 batters, allowed only 83 hits with a 0.73 ERA and had a 23-5 record.

Whitney Romero/St. Thomas More, Sr.

The District 4-4A MVP and all-state selection went 15-10 as the Lady Cougars reached the Fast Pitch 56.

Shelby Breaux/North Vermilion, Jr.

The District 3-4A MVP earned all-state honors after she posted an 11-0 record in district play and went 23-3 overall.

CATCHER

Bailey Hemphill/St. Thomas More, Sr.

The 2016 LSWA Miss Softball hit .560 with 12 homers, 29 RBIs, 22 runs and 49 walks in her final high school season.

INFIELDERS

Mima Doucet/Notre Dame, Sr.

The Lady Pioneers third baseman earned District 5-2 MVP honors and all-state honors after she hit .443 with nine doubles and 22 RBIs.

Lauren Manuel/Beau Chene, Sr.

The first baseman earned all-state honors after she hit .359 with 27 RBIs, helping her team to the second round of the playoffs.

Alexa Lege/Kaplan, Sr.

The shortstop batted .475, slugged .881 and had eight home runs and 37 RBIs as Kaplan claimed the Class 3A championship.

Kennedi Smith/Acadiana, Jr.

The shortstop hit . 462, posting a fielding percentage of .900 as she earned first-team District 3-5A honors.

OUTFIELDERS

Elise Vincent/North Vermilion, Sr.

Manned center field on her way to earning all-state honors as she batted .505 for the Lady Patriots.

Anna Lafleur/Opelousas Catholic, So.

The center fielder earned first-team District 5-2A honors while batting. 417 with 19 runs for the Lady Vikings. She also went 3-1 on the mound.

Julia Laperouse/St. Thomas More, So.

The emerging star hit .350 in district play to earn District 4-4A honors and help her team to the state quarterfinals.

UTILITY

Haley Godeaux/Cecilia, Sr.

The LSU-Eunice signee was the District 5-4A MVP and first-team all-state after she led the Lady Bulldogs back to the playoffs by hitting .449.

Sydni Larrivierre/Acadiana, So.

The second baseman/pitcher earned first-team all-state honors after she batted .519, posted a .862 fielding percentage and had a 1.55 ERA.

Demi Boudreaux/North Vermilion, So.

The Lady Patriots standout hit .528 in district play to earn District 3-4A honors and picked up all-state honors.

The second team

PITCHERS

Bryley Rodriguez, Beau Chene, Jr.

Sarah Sonnier, Hanson, Sr.

Marcella Gossen, Notre Dame, So.

Lorin Martin, Teurlings Catholic, So.

CATCHER

Sarah Tate, Pine Prairie, Sr.

INFIELDERS

Olivia Trahan, Kaplan, Sr.

Sydney Manuel, Teurlings Catholic, Sr.

Hannah Smith, Catholic-New Iberia, Jr.

Paige Diamond, Hanson, Jr.

OUTFIELDERS

Victoria Burns, Beau Chene, Sr.

Kaylee Lopez, North Vermilion, So.

Breanna Larry, Crowley, So.

UTILITY

Meghan Robicheaux, Catholic-New Iberia, So.

Phobee Spell, Crowley, Fr.

Madison Nicholas, Opelousas Catholic, So.