Gannon Achord said he doesn’t do his job for accolades, and he wouldn’t trade his team for any other. It’s the perfect sentiment to come from the 25-year-old coach who led West Feliciana to the Class 3A baseball title in his first season.
There is an award to note, nonetheless. Achord has been selected as the Coach of the Year on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A All-State baseball team.
“That’s awesome,” Achord said of the honor. “But you know it doesn’t change the way I feel like 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.”
Local competitors were a key part of the 3A all-state teams for baseball and softball selected by a panel of sportswriters from across the state.
Logan Savoy of runner-up South Beauregard was the voted the Outstanding Player on the baseball team. Savoy was 10-2 with a 1.75 ERA and 102 strikeouts. Achord’s Saints, the No. 6 seed, compiled a 29-7 record en route to their title.
Softball champion Kaplan swept the LSWA’s top 3A awards. Pitcher Abby Trahan was selected the Outstanding Player, while’ Shay Herpin was voted Coach of the Year.
Trahan struck out 301 on her way to a 23-5 record. She allowed only 83 hits throughout the season and finished with a 0.73 ERA while leading the fourth-seeded Pirates to the state title.
Challenging Trahan for Outstanding Player honors was Parkview Baptist shortstop Nicky Dawson. The LSU softball signee hit .658 with five home runs and 36 RBIs. She stole 58 bases this season and set a national record for triples in a career with 49.
West Feliciana placed two players on the baseball squad pitcher Trey Morgan and utility selection Cody Trisler.
Morgan was 7-1 on the mound with a 1.39 ERA. He also batted .412 with 39 RBIs. Trisler, the title-game MVP, also was 7-1 with a 2.58 ERA.
Semifinalist Brusly placed three players on the baseball team — pitcher Evan Daigle (9-2, 78 strikeouts), first baseman Ben Bergeron (.359, seven home runs, 37 RBIs) and outfielder Tod Gauthe (.355, 18 doubles, 35 RBIs).
Parkview Baptist outfielder Audrey Greely (.442, 42 runs, 27 RBIs) and utility selection Kaitlin David (.407, three home runs, 26 RBIs) also made the team. Parkview and Brusly were softball semifinalists. Another utility pick, Avarie Louque (.424 batting average), helped Lutcher finish as the 3A runner-up to Kaplan.