Whether on the mound or at the plate, Mason Vicknair seemed to always come up big for Riverside Academy.
Those efforts helped the earn Outstanding Player honors on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 2A all-state baseball team.
Vicknair batted .360 with five home runs and 27 RBIs for the Rebels, leading his team to the Class 2A semifinals. He had eight doubles, five triples and scored 38 runs this season.
It was Riverside’s second trip in three years to the state tournament in Sulphur.
Vicknair was just as potent on the mound, compiling an 8-3 record, with 84 strikeouts in 74 innings.
He threw a complete game with seven strikeouts in a semifinal loss to rival St. Charles.
He was also named co-Most Valuable Player in District 12-2A, an honor he shared with Newman’s Allen Dennis.
Dennis was named to the all-state team as a pitcher after going 10-2 on the mound for the Greenies.
St. Charles, which beat Riverside in the semifinals before losing to St. Thomas Aquinas in the championship game, had two players make the all-state team. Justin Ory, an infielder, and Lloyd Nash, an outfielder both were named to the team.
Ory, a senior, batted .325 for the Comets, and Nash, a sophomore, batted. .350
Senior outfielder Quinn Heinold of Hannan also made the team after batting .402.
Barrett Morgan of St. Thomas Aquinas was named Coach of the Year after leading the Falcons to the title.
STA defeated Opelousas Catholic and St. Charles at the state tournament to win their first title and finish the season 32-3.
In softball, Riverside placed two players on the all-state team.
Outfielder Toni Perrin was chosen after batting .528 and teammate Lexi Johnson made it as a utility player. Johnson, an eighth-grader, batted .475.
Codi Vernace of Haynes Academy was the only other New Orleans area girl to be selected. Vernace, a junior utility player, batted .622.
In the softball major awards, Jensen Howell of Menard was named 2A’s Most Outstanding Player, and Tiffany Frazier was named Coach of the Year.
Howell struck out 240, went 21-3 and tossed three no-hitters for a team that made its third straight title-game appearance. Frazier guided the Cavaliers to their first LHSAA title as her team went 30-5 and avenged losses to Menard and Howell in the 2014 and 2015 Class 2A semifinals.