Jack Burk and Ben Hess were key reasons Jesuit won the Catholic League title this season.
Burk, a senior pitcher, did his part on the mound and Hess, a senior outfielder, did his at the plate. The two were both selected to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 5A All-State team.
Jesuit was one of four schools to have two players make the team, joining Sulphur, Denham Springs and Catholic High.
Burk, a Louisiana-Lafayette signee, went 5-1 this season as the Blue Jays (25-9) reached the regional round of the Class 5A playoffs.
The right-hander struck out 64 batters in 42 innings and had a 1.50 ERA. He had three shutouts.
Hess, meanwhile, was voted District 9-5A Player of the Year by the Catholic League coaches.
The No. 3 hitter in the Blue Jays’ lineup, Hess batted .438 with six doubles, three triples and 30 RBIs. He also had 15 stolen bases.
Burk and Hess were two of five players from the New Orleans area to make the all-state baseball team. Two others were also from the Catholic League.
Brother Martin outfielder and pitcher Blair Frederick made the team as utility players.
Frederick, a junior who has committed to LSU, batted .327 with nine doubles, three triples and 20 RBIs. On the mound, Frederick went 6-3, striking out 75 batters in 57 innings with a 1.72 ERA.
Holy Cross junior outfielder Tre Turner, who committed to play football and baseball at Arizona State on Saturday, was also selected.
Turner batted .407 with eight doubles, two triples, one homer and 28 RBIs.
Chalmette senior shortstop Malik Blaise was the other local player to make the team.
Blaise batted .389 with 11 doubles, six triples, four home runs and 33 RBIs for the District 8-5A champ Owls.
Sulphur pitcher Kale Breaux was named Most Outstanding Player after going 12-1 with a 0.20 ERA and allowing just one earned run during the regular season. He also batted .387 with three homers and 24 RBIs to help the Tors reach the semifinals.
Brad Bass of Catholic High-Baton Rouge was voted Coach of the Year after guiding the Bears to a school-record 37 wins and to the 5A championship game.
Three New Orleans area players were selected to the Class 5A all-state softball team.
Hahnville senior pitcher Lauren Beadle, also the District 7-5A Most Valuable Player, was selected after going 12-0 with a 0.89 ERA. She had 67 strikeouts in 66 innings.
Beadle was joined on the team by junior infielder Samantha Dares of Mount Carmel and senior utility player Savannah Folse.
Dares hit .424 with eight doubles, four home runs and 36 RBIs. She also scored 25 runs for Mount Carmel, which lost in the quarterfinals.
Folse, a pitcher and an outfielder, is a repeat all-state pick after hitting .435 with two homers and 16 RBIs.
In the circle, she went 15-4 with a 1.82 ERA. She finished with 95 strikeouts in 119 innings.
Sam Houston pitcher Tanner Wright was named Outstanding Player in softball.
Wright (25-2, 0.75 ERA) struck out 190 batters in 179 innings and hit .375 with 17 RBIs to lead the Broncos to their fourth state championship in the past five years.
Dutchtown’s Nancy Ensminger won the softball Coach of the Year honor, leading the Griffins to a 26-9 record and to the title game.
The Griffins finished third in District 5-5A play, but got hot in the playoffs and beat three teams seeded in the top 10.