Gannon Achord had quite a first year as coach of the West Feliciana Saints baseball team. His squad finished 29-7, tied for first in District 6-3A, then swept through the Class 3A playoffs.
Achord’s sixth-seeded Saints culminated their historic year with the school’s first state baseball title with a 6-2 victory over fourth-seeded South Beauregard at McMurry Park in Lake Charles in May.
As a reward for his outstanding rookie head coaching season, Achord was named Coach of the Year on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A All-State baseball team.
“That’s awesome,” Achord said. “But you know it doesn’t change the way I feel about this team or what I do. Awards are nice, but they’re not possible without the players. They’re the ones who deserve the credit for everything we accomplished. It was a great year, and this does add something to it.”
Title game MVP Cody Trisler, a senior who batted .412 with 39 RBIs and also had a 7-1 record with a 2.58 ERA as a pitcher, was named as a utility player on the All-State team. Senior Trey Morgan was named a pitcher on the team. Senior shortstop Ross Bujol made the squad’s honorable mention list.
Morgan earns Marucci honor
Trey Morgan also was recently named the recipient of the 2016 Marucci Louisiana High School Baseball Player of the Year award.
Two of Marucci’s co-founders, Kurt Ainsworth and Joe Lawrence, are Louisiana natives who went on to play in Major League Baseball. To honor the state’s rich prep baseball tradition, the company created the Marucci Louisiana High School Player of the Year awards in 2015.
“We are once again proud to highlight two of our state’s top high school players who exemplified how to honor the game right in our backyard,” said Ainsworth, who praised Morgan’s season.
A Southeast Louisiana University signee, Morgan led the Saints with a 7-1 pitching record and a 1.39 earned run average and batted .412 with 39 RBIs.
Saints second in tourney
The football squad from West Feliciana High School finished as runner-up to Warren Easton at last week’s Adidas/Airo 7-on-7 football tournament at St. Amant High School.
It was the first 7-on-7 tournament appearance for the eighth-seeded Saints — the lowest seed in the quarterfinals bracket — and they responded by surprising No. 1 LaGrange and No. 4 Breaux Bridge before losing to No. 2 Warren Easton 20-12 in the championship game.
Saints coach Robb Odom said the experiences all week were great for his team’s progress.
“We’re a run team, but we’ve got the athletes to do whatever we want to,” Odom said. “We’ve never been in a 7-on-7 tournament before, so I’m so proud of how we competed. We got better.”
Odom was pleased his team was in position to win against some excellent competition.
“All you can ask for is a chance. They worked their tails off,” he said.
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