CLASSES 5A AND 4A

Outstanding Player

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.

All-metro team

PITCHERS

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.

Makhail Hilliard/Central

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.

CATCHER

Ross Scelfo/St. Michael

He was a steady defensive presence and batted .408 with 27 RBIs.

INFIELDERS

Adam Sevario/St. Amant

He shored up the middle of the infield and was polished at the plate. Sevario hit .366 with 23 RBIs.

Josh Smith/Catholic

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.

Jacob Ard/Walker

How was Walker a District 4-5A front-runner? With the help of Ard, who batted .340 with 21 RBIs.

PJ Cannon/Zachary

Provided production at the top of the order, batting .327 with 12 doubles and five triples.

OUTFIELDERS

Cade Doughty/Denham Springs

A freshman who didn’t play like one, Doughty hit .389 with 18 RBIs and 30 runs.

Patrick Crifasi/Catholic

It wasn’t all about offense for Crifasi. He didn’t commit an error, hit .347 and stole 19 bases.

Chance Dixon/Walker

He was the perfect spark plug on offense with a .340 average and 11 stolen bases.

DESIGNATED HITTER

Rhett Hebert/Zachary

Offense was part of Hebert’s story. He batted .336 with 18 RBIs and was 2-1 with 13 saves.

UTILITY

Joey Blanchard/Zachary

There was no sophomore jinx for the 4-5A MVP, who batted .351 and was 5-2 on the mound.

Robert Burke/Zachary

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.

Caleb Ricca/Dutchtown

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.

Honorable mention

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

Outstanding Player

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.

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PITCHERS

Chris Thibodaux/Episcopal

He took the role of No. 1 starter for the Knights and owned it. He was 10-2 with a 0.71 ERA.

Evan Daigle/Brusly

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.

CATCHER

Connor Manola/Brusly

This catcher was a real hitter. Manola hit .396 with three home runs and 26 RBIs.

INFIELDERS

Chris Beckman Jr./Episcopal

Productivity was Beckman’s forte. In 24 games, he batted .407 with three home runs and 20 RBIs.

Nick Patty/Episcopal

Patty pounded 36 hits in 32 games for the 2A Knights. He had 20 RBIs and scored 28 runs.

Johnny Johnson/Runnels

A key threat at the top of the order, Johnson led the Raiders with a .427 average and 16 stolen bases.

Layne McLin/Doyle

He played third and was on base 57.3 percent of the time for the 2A Tigers. McLin also batted .343.

OUTFIELDERS

Dillon Blount/Doyle

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.

Tod Gauthe/Brusly

He drove in 35 runs with 18 doubles and two triples for the 3A Panthers. Gauthe batted .355.

UTILITY

Matthew Garrett/Episcopal

Want numbers? Garrett supplied plenty, including a 7-3 record and a .464 batting average.

Brooks Southall/University

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.

Brady Richardson/Brusly

A breakout year gave Richardson chances to break down opponents. He hit .377 and had 39 RBIs.

Honorable mention

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.