State champions Kinder and Oak Grove claimed the lead roles on the 2014 Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 2A All-State baseball team.
Junior pitcher Zach Rider, who scored the winning run in extra innings in the title game, leads the way for baseball champion Kinder. Rider was selected as the game was selected as the state’s Outstanding Player for Class 2A baseball after finishing 12-0 on the mound with a 0.875 earned run average while hitting .465 with one home run and 28 RBIs.
Oak Grove second baseman Drew Bennett was voted the Outstanding Player for softball. Bennett was a standout at the state tournament and ended the season with a .522 batting average and 31 RBIs.
Earning Coach of the Year honors in baseball was Menard’s J.C. Holt, a former LSU player, who guided a young Eagles’ team to the quarterfinals where they fell to Kinder. Oak Grove’s Trey Bennett was selected as Coach of the Year for softball.
There are two players from the Baton Rouge area. and three from the New Orleans area on the LSWA 2A teams. Episcopal’s Turner Graham, the District 6-2A MVP, made the team as a utility player after batting .424 with seven doubles, one run run and 22 RBIs. Graham also had 34 assists as a catcher and was 3-1 on the mound with four saves.
Johnny Johnson made the team as an infielder after hitting .401with 15 doubles, one home run, 30 RBIs and 23 stolen bases while helping Runnels advance to the quarterfinals.
Joining Rider as pitchers on the team were Catholic-New Iberia junior Blake Gonsoulin, Rosepine junior Jesse Fruge and Menard senior John Leglue.
Rider was joined on the team by four teammates — catcher Bryce Baker (.458), shortstop Dylon Poncho (.427), third baseman Welles Cooley (.492) and outfielder Don Charles Arceneaux (.429).
Runnels’ Johnny Johnson (.402) and Haynes’ Matt Blanchard (.346) rounded out the infielders while Sterlington’s Austin Haman (.441) and Opelousas Catholic’s Logan Constantine (.410) completed the outfield. Constantine was Saturday’s MVP at the LHSCA All-Star baseball game.
The other utility players were Hannan’s Brent Powell (.413), Riverside’s Mason Vicknair (.436), Rosepine’s Chasen Partridge (.458) and Haynes’ pitcher Kirk Hanson (9-1).
Bennett was joined on the softball team by two teammates — senior pitcher Jessica Travis (27-4) and sophomore outfielder Abby Cook (.388).
Calvary’s Sarah Chamberlain (20-5), Delcambre’s Taylor Trahan (19-8) and Menard’s Jensen Howell (12-5) all made the team as pitchers. Rounding out the infield were North Caddo catcher Kassie Harris (.590), Menard first baseman Rylee Ferguson (.362), Hannan third baseman Bailey Tuminello (.558) and DeQuincy shortstop Amanda Feith (.505). Laken Ebarb (.385), of Many, and Maddie Smith of Menard (.509), were picked for the outfield.
Utiltiy players were Calvary’s Marissa Reed (.459), Menard’s Kayla Busby (.461), Kinder’s Megan Trahan (.509), Riverside’s Toni Hebert (.449) and Pickering’s Summer Atkins (.557).