St. Thomas More won both the Class 4A softball and baseball state championships in convincing fashion and likewise led the way when it came to the top honors on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 4A All-State teams.
STM’s catchers Bailey Hemphill and Chase Vallot were named the softball and baseball Players of the Year, while Ellender’s Janie Trosclair and Neville’s Paul Guerriero were tabbed coaches of the year.
Hemphill, who was instrumental in leading the Cougars to their second consecutive 4A state championship, won the top honor for the second consecutive season.
Hemphill followed her impressive freshman season with an equally stellar sophomore campaign, batting .630 with 17 home runs, 14 doubles, one triple and 56 RBIs.
Vallot, who also was tabbed as the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year, was one of the more feared hitters in the state. The senior catcher, a Mississippi State signee who was drafted 40th by the Kansas City Royals in the Major League Baseball draft Thursday, hit .545 with 13 home runs, 15 doubles, one triple and 60 RBIs this past season en route to being named to the all-state team for the second consecutive year.
Trosclair, who is stepping down as head coach to watch her daughter Kyler play college softball, led the Patriots to a third straight playoff berth and first trip to the state tournament since 1991, when they were defeated by eventual state champion STM.
Guerriero, who was the longtime football and baseball coach at St. Frederick before stepping down in 2011, just completed his first season as Neville’s head coach where he led the Tigers to a 27-12 record, the District 2-4A championship and a state runner-up finish in 4A where they were defeated by STM.
Hemphill was joined on the first team by two teammates: pitcher Whitney Romero (25-5) and infielder Jaime Landry (.440, 7 home runs, 36 RBIs).
The remaining first-team softball selections were pitchers Teurlings Catholic’s Summer Ellyson (24-5), Vandebilt Catholic’s Nora Keehn (20-10), Cabrini’s Karli Perque (24-5), infielders North DeSoto’s Maddie Burcheli (.409, 5 home runs, 34 RBIs), West Ouachita Allie Medlin (.398, eight home runs, 44 RBIs), Assumption’s Amanda Gianelloni (.598, 7 home runs, 36 RBIs), outfielders West Ouachita Bobbi Smith (.463), Beau Chene’s Victoria Burns (.564), DeRidder’s Alex Cooper (.427, three homers, 31 RBIs) and utility players Teurlings Catholic’s Julia Bailey (.412, 33 stolen bases), Vandebilt Catholic’s Erin Crane (.385, 4 home runs, 24 RBIs), West Ouachita’s Rebecca Skains (.383, 2 home runs, 21 RBIs), Ellender’s Kyler Trosclair (..600, 3 home runs, 38 RBIs) and North DeSoto’s Emma Callie Delafield (16-7).
Vallot was joined on the first team by three teammates: pitchers Wyatt Marks (8-1), Sam Houston (9-0) and utility selection O’Neal Lochridge (.338, 7 home runs, 48 RBIs).
The remaining first-team baseball selections were pitchers West Ouachita’s Jordan Antley (9-1), Karr’s Tyree Thompson (22-2), first base St. Michael’s Austin Edens (.468, 11 home runs, 52 RBIs), second base DeRidder’s J.J. Faciane (.412, 4 home runs, 36 RBIs), third base West Ouachita’s Zach Watson (.459, 9 home runs, 35 RBIs), shortstop Neville’s Brian Barefoot (.358, 21 RBIs), outfielders Neville’s Michael Green (.384, 4 home runs, 35 RBIs), Teurlings Catholic’s Zach Lafleur (.330, 1 HR, 14 RBIs), St. Michael’s J.T. Mauldin (.368, eight home runs, 40 RBIs) and utility players Benton’s Jordan Shaffer (.415, 3 home runs, 26 RBIs), East Jefferson’s Jimmy Prieur (.400, 1 one home run, 33 RBIs), Tioga’s Adam Nelson (6-3) and Assumption’s Tyler Landry (9-3).