John Curtis was one of two teams to pull off the rare baseball/softball double this season, winning state titles in both sports.
The Patriots dominance on both diamonds was also reflected on the Louisiana Sports Writers Associations’ all state teams.
Curtis sophomore pitcher and outfielder Daniel Cabrera was named Outstanding Player on the all-state baseball team and sophomore pitcher Peyton Pigniolo claimed the same honor in softball.
Cabrera, who has already committed to LSU, did a little bit of everything for the Patriots this season in their first baseball state title since 2002.
He batted a team-best .566 with 10 doubles, three triples, six home runs and 31 RBIs.
He was just as effective on the mound, where he went 6-1 with a save and a 1.79 ERA and made the all-state team for a second straight year as a utility player. He struck out 60 in 39 innings. But his strikeout total wasn’t the best at his school.
That went to Pigniolo, who was just as potent in the circle for the Curtis softball team that won its fourth conseucutive state title.
Pigniolo, a Southeastern Louisiana signee, went 21-3 with a 1.37 ERA and 274 strikeouts in 158.2 innings.
Pigniolo, a repeat all-state selection, also batted .370 with 17 RBIs.
Cabrera and Pigniolo weren’t the only two Patriots to earn top honors.
Patriots baseball coach Johnny Curtis was named Coach of the Year after guiding the school to a 26-3 record. The Patriots ended the season on a 17-game winning streak that they will carry into 2016, when the team moves up to compete in Class 5A.
Curtis first baseman A.J. Huff and outfielder Myles Washington, both football stars at the school, were also selected to the all-state team.
Huff batted .362 with seven doubles, three home runs and 32 RBIs.
A defensive back in football, Huff will play baseball and football next season at Southern University.
Washington batted .424 this season with nine doubles, three home runs and 30 RBIs.
Washington, who played quarterback for Curtis, is a Kent State football signee.
Austin Weber and Justin Loupe, both of St. Charles, were the only other local players to be named to the all-state baseball team.
Weber made the team as a utility player. The senior went 7-3 with a 2.91 ERA to go with 51 strikeouts. He batted .408 with 28 RBIs and didn’t strike out all season.
Loupe, a junior outfielder, batted .430 with 37 RBIs.
Curtis junior shortstop Toni Hebert was the only other local player to make the 3A all-state softball team.
Hebert, who transferred to Curtis from Riverside, batted .373 with seven doubles, three triples, and three home runs and 30 RBIs. Hebert, an all-state pick last season at Class 2A Riverside also pitched some, going 5-0 with a 1.44 ERA.
and had 32 strikeouts. .
Shay Herpin of Kaplan was chosen Coach of the Year in softball.