CLASSES 5A AND 4A
Michael Smith, St. Michael
From new starter to standout in just two seasons — that is Smith’s story. The 6-foot-5 first baseman became the area’s most productive hitter as a senior. Smith, the 6-4A MVP, led the Class 4A Warriors to their third consecutive semifinal berth with a .417 batting average that included eight home runs and 46 RBIs.
Coach of the Year
Johnny Bernhard, St. Michael
Programming isn’t just something that involves computers. Bernhard has proved that point by building the Warriors into one of Louisiana’s steady Class 4A powers. Bernhard coached SMHS to a 27-8-1 record and its third straight semifinal berth.
Blayne Enlow/St. Amant
A power pitcher with power stats, Enlow (6-4) struck out 93 and was Co-MVP of District 5-5A.
Brock Batty/Denham Springs
Batty simply baffled opponents for the 4-5A Yellow Jackets. He was 6-2 with a 2.77 ERA.
There was more to Hilliard than a 3-4 record. He had a 2.20 ERA and struck out 45.
Evan Becnel/St. Michael
Becnel never backed away from tough assignments. He finished 6-2 with a 2.33 ERA.
Ross Scelfo/St. Michael
He was a steady defensive presence and batted .408 with 27 RBIs.
Adam Sevario/St. Amant
He shored up the middle of the infield and was polished at the plate. Sevario hit .366 with 23 RBIs.
The slick-fielding shortstop committed only three errors. The 5-5A Co-MVP hit .379 with 28 RBIs.
Ivan Prejean/St. Amant
Prejean was a player the Gators could lean on, with 10 extra-base hits, 24 RBIs and a .347 average.
How was Walker a District 4-5A front-runner? With the help of Ard, who batted .340 with 21 RBIs.
Provided production at the top of the order, batting .327 with 12 doubles and five triples.
Cade Doughty/Denham Springs
A freshman who didn’t play like one, Doughty hit .389 with 18 RBIs and 30 runs.
It wasn’t all about offense for Crifasi. He didn’t commit an error, hit .347 and stole 19 bases.
He was the perfect spark plug on offense with a .340 average and 11 stolen bases.
Offense was part of Hebert’s story. He batted .336 with 18 RBIs and was 2-1 with 13 saves.
There was no sophomore jinx for the 4-5A MVP, who batted .351 and was 5-2 on the mound.
Burke battled the Broncos’ top opponents and finished 9-4 with a 2.79 ERA and 79 strikeouts.
Preston Faulkner/Live Oak
The leadoff batter played three positions. He hit .393 with 20 RBIs.
Ricca batted .374 with 25 runs. He was 4-1 with four saves.
Dwain Varisco/St. Michael
He scored 38 runs and batted .373. Varisco also stole 10 bases.
Pitchers: Koby Savoie, Livonia; Austin McInnis, East Ascension; Scott Terrell, St. Michael
Catcher: Jacob Siegel, Denham Springs
Infielder: Peyton Stafford, Dutchtown
Outfielders: Zane Zeppuhar, St. Amant; Dayton Guercio, Central; Ryan Williams, East Ascension
CLASS 3A AND BELOW
Trey Morgan, West Feliciana
A jack-of-all-trades, Morgan set the tone for a season to remember. Morgan helped the Class 3A Saints to the state title with his bat and his arm. He was 7-1 on the mound with a 1.39 ERA. Morgan also was a second baseman/designated hitter who batted .412 with five home runs and 39 RBIs.
Coach of the Year
Gannon Achord, West Feliciana
One of the area’s youngest coaches added a state championship to his résumé in his first year as a head coach. The 25-year-old led the Saints to a share of the District 6-3A title, the Class 3A state title and a 29-7 record.
He took the role of No. 1 starter for the Knights and owned it. He was 10-2 with a 0.71 ERA.
A pitcher who caught plenty of attention, Daigle was 9-2 with a 2.22 ERA. He also batted .403.
Cody Trisler/West Feliciana
When injuries threw Trisler into a lead role, he responded with a 7-1 record and a 2.58 ERA.
Landon Clifton/Ascension Catholic
He did it all on the mound for the 1A Bulldogs. Clifton was 7-2 with three saves and 77 strikeouts.
This catcher was a real hitter. Manola hit .396 with three home runs and 26 RBIs.
Chris Beckman Jr./Episcopal
Productivity was Beckman’s forte. In 24 games, he batted .407 with three home runs and 20 RBIs.
Patty pounded 36 hits in 32 games for the 2A Knights. He had 20 RBIs and scored 28 runs.
A key threat at the top of the order, Johnson led the Raiders with a .427 average and 16 stolen bases.
He played third and was on base 57.3 percent of the time for the 2A Tigers. McLin also batted .343.
Blount stole 16 bases for the Tigers, batted .337 and finished with a .433 on-base percentage.
Mason Zerangue/Ascension Catholic
A top freshman, Zerangue helped ACHS to the 1A quarterfinals by batting .375 with 13 doubles.
He drove in 35 runs with 18 doubles and two triples for the 3A Panthers. Gauthe batted .355.
Want numbers? Garrett supplied plenty, including a 7-3 record and a .464 batting average.
Southall had 17 extra-base hits, including 10 doubles. He hit .382 and was 5-3 on the mound.
Sam O’Brien/Parkview Baptist
He provided plenty of offensive punch for the 3A Eagles. O’Brien batted .391 and scored 32 runs.
Nick Bellina/Ascension Catholic
The top bat man for 1A ACHS, Bellina batted .455 with five triples, four doubles and 30 RBIs.
A breakout year gave Richardson chances to break down opponents. He hit .377 and had 39 RBIs.
Pitchers: Wes Anderson, Parkview Baptist; Marvel Jackson, East Feliciana
Catchers: Wayne Stabiler, Episcopal; Logan Maggio, Catholic-PC
Infielders: Ben Bergeron, Brusly; Ross Ponville, Ascension Catholic; Ross Bujol, West Feliciana; Edwin Kleinpeter, Madison Prep
Outfielders: Hunter Gonzales, West Feliciana; Hampton Hudson, Runnels
Utility: Tristan Jones, Doyle; David Girior, Ascension Catholic
Note: Teams selected by area coaches.