Baton Rouge area has big haul on Class 5A all-state softball team with nine selections; two baseball players named all-state _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Zachary starting pitcher Baylie Doiron (15), warms up in the third inning of Zachary's 5-0 win over Natchitoches Central Monday in a Class 5-A playoff game.

No local players or coaches won a major award, but there was still plenty to celebrate as two baseball players and nine softball players claimed spots on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A all-state teams.

Two pitchers, Barbe’s Tyler Booth and Alexandria Senior High’s Carrie Boswell, won the Outstanding Player honors on the teams selected by a panel of sportswriters from across the state.

Acadiana’s Matt McCullough and Alexandria’s Erica Harwell got the Coach of the Year honors.

Booth helped the Bucs to their third straight 5A baseball championship with an 8-0 record. He pitched two playoff shutouts for Barbe. Boswell went 18-2 for Alexandria, pitching shutouts in the semifinal and championship games.

McCullough led the 15th-seeded Rams on a run to the semifinals, while Harwell guided the Trojans to a 30-4 season capped with an 11-game winning streak.

Infielder Josh Smith of Catholic High and St. Amant pitcher Blayne Enlow, a utility player selection, were the two local players on the 5A baseball squad.

Smith, an LSU signee, helped lead the Bears to the semifinals, where they lost to Barbe. He batted .379 with six home runs and 28 RBIs. Smith stole 32 bases in 33 attempts.

Enlow, a junior and an LSU commitment, helped St. Amant to the quarterfinals. The Gators also lost to Barbe. Enlow was 6-4 with a 1.54 earned run average and 93 strikeouts in 63.2 innings.

Zachary finished as the 5A softball runner-up and placed two players on the LSWA team. Pitcher Baylie Doiron, a Spring Hill signee, was 26-6 with a 1.73 ERA and 328 strikeouts. Outfielder Abby Lewis batted .418 with 12 extra-base hits and 23 RBIs.

Quarterfinalist St. Amant put three players on the team. Infielder Kourtney Gremillion, a Louisiana-Lafayette signee, batted .610 with 13 home runs and 62 RBIs. Another infielder, LSU commitment Taylor Tidwell, hit .504 with 10 home runs and 49 RBIs. Outfielder Abby McKey had a .513 batting average with 10 home runs and 44 RBIs.

East Ascension’s Jessie Watts and Claire Weinberger made the made softball team as utility players. So did Live Oak’s Savannah Hall.

Weinberger is an LSU signee who batted .565 and scored 42 runs for EAHS. Watts, Louisiana-Monroe signee, hit .506 with 44 RBIs and was 17-11 in the circle.

Hall had a 22-5 record with a 1.94 ERA. She also batted .406 with 13 home runs and 54 RBIs.