Jimmy Prieur led East Jefferson to one of its best seasons in 10 years, while Tyree Thompson led Karr to its best season ever.
For their efforts, Prieur and Thompson were named to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 4A All-State baseball team.
Prieur is a junior, who played first base and pitched.
He was named District 9-4A Player of the Year for a team that won the district title and reached the 4A quarterfinals.
He batted .400 with 33 RBIs, 12 doubles and a home run. As East Jefferson’s top pitcher, he went 6-5 on the mound with 63 strikeouts and a 3.50 ERA in 48 innings during the regular season. He had a fielding percentage of .986 with just two errors in 148 chances.
Thompson, who was a sophomore, was selected as a pitcher. He finished the season 11-0 and didn’t allow a run during the regular season for the Cougars, who won their first district title and first playoff game this season. He threw three no–hitters and had a single-game high of 17 strikeouts versus Haynes.
St. Thomas More swept the top honors in Class 4A.
STM’s catchers Bailey Hemphill and Chase Vallot were named the softball and baseball Outstanding Player, 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 straight 4A state championship, wins the state’s top honor for the second consecutive season. Hemphill followed up her impressive freshman season with an equally stellar sophomore campaign, batting .630 with 17 homers, 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 overall 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 all-state 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 the 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, losing to STM in the title game.
Hemphill was joined on the first team by two teammates: pitcher Whitney Romero (25-5) and infielder Jaime Landry (.440, 7 HRs, 36 RBIs).
Cabrini’s Karli Perque (24-5) was selected as a pitcher and was the lone player from the Greater New Orleans area.
The remaining first-team softball selections were pitchers Teurlings Catholic’s Summer Ellyson (24-5), Vandebilt Catholic’s Nora Keehn (20-10), infielders North DeSoto’s Maddie Burcheli (.409, 5 HRs, 34 RBIs), West Ouachita Allie Medlin (.398, 8 HRs, 44 RBIs), Assumption’s Amanda Gianelloni (.598, 7 HRs, 36 RBIs) and outfielders West Ouachita’s Bobbi Smith (.463), Beau Chene’s Victoria Burns (.564), DeRidder’s Alex Cooper (.427, 3 HR, 31 RBIs).
First-team utility players are Teurlings Catholic’s Julia Bailey (.412, 33 stolen bases), Vandebilt’s Erin Crane (.385, 4 HRs, 24 RBIs), West Ouachita’s Rebecca Skains (.383, 2 HRs, 21 RBIs), Ellender’s Kyler Trosclair (..600, 3 HRs, 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 HRs, 48 RBIs).
The remaining first team baseball selections were pitchers West Ouachita’s Jordan Antley (9-1), first base St. Michael’s Austin Edens (.468, 11 HRs, 52 RBIs), second base DeRidder’s J.J. Faciane (.412, 4 HRs, 36 RBIs), third base West Ouachita’s Zach Watson (.459, 9 HRs, 35 RBIs) and shortstop Neville’s Brian Barefoot (.358, 21 RBIs).
The outfielders are Neville’s Michael Green (.384, 4 HRs, 35 RBIs), Teurlings Catholic’s Zach Lafleur (.330, 1 HR, 14 RBIs), St. Michael’s J.T. Mauldin (.368, 8 HRs, 40 RBIs) and utility players Benton’s Jordan Shaffer (.415, 3 HRs, 26 RBIs), Tioga’s Adam Nelson (6-3) and Assumption’s Tyler Landry (9-3).