The John Curtis baseball and softball teams will compete in Class 5A starting their next seasons. The Patriots ended their 3A era by winning state titles and have now picked up some extra accolades.
Curtis claimed three of the top four individual honors on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A All-State teams.
Daniel Cabrera, a pitcher/outfielder, and coach Johnny Curtis of Curtis have been chosen as Outstanding Player and Coach of the Year in baseball, while pitcher Peyton Pigniolo of the Patriots has been selected Player of the Year in softball. Shay Herpin of Kaplan was chosen Coach of the Year in softball.
Cabrera, a sophomore, is a utility selection for a second consecutive year after leading Curtis’ run to a Class 3A state championship.
As a left-handed pitcher and hitter, he batted .566 with six home runs and 31 RBIs. He hit 10 doubles and three triples that contributed to a slugging percentage of 1.013.
The District 11-3A Player of the Year also drew 25 walks, stole 13 bases and was hit by a pitch nine times in recording an on-base percentage of .694.
Equally potent on the mound when not playing right field, Cabrera compiled a 6-1 pitching record with one save and a 1.79 ERA while striking out 60 and walking 12 in 39 innings. Opponents batted only .184 against the left-hander who surrendered just 26 hits, 12 runs total and 10 earned.
Three of his victories and the save came during the Patriots’ 5-0 run through the playoffs to the Class 3A state title.
Johnny Curtis directed the Patriots to a 26-3 record and the River Ridge school’s eighth state baseball championship. The state title was the second for Curtis.
In softball, Pigniolo posted a 21-3 record with a 1.37 ERA and 274 strikeouts in 158.66 innings. A two-time all-state selection, Pigniolo also batted .370 with 17 RBIs from the No. 2 slot in the batting order.
Herpin earned Coach of the Year recognition after guiding Kaplan first to a District 8-3A championship, a No. 3 seed in the playoffs and then to advance to the state finals. Herpin’s team finished 24-5 following a 4-1 run through the playoffs.
Two players from baseball runner-up Parkview Baptist made the 3A team. Adam Tarver made the squad as a pitcher after compiling a 7-3-1 record with 80 strikeouts in 63.33 innings pitched for a PBS team that won its 15th straight district title. Sam O’Brien batted .435 with five doubles and 25 RBIs.
Brusly’s Evan Daigle made the team as a utility player. Daigle was 6-3 on the mound with a 2.96 era and batted .388 with 13 doubles, four home runs and 38 RBIs.
Four BR area players made the softball squad: Brusly catcher Kaitlin David, Parkview Baptist infielder Nicky Dawson, Brusly outfielder Akiya Thymes and utility player Lexie Dautel of Parkview.
David batted .465 with 18 doubles and 40 RBIs, while Thymes had a .470 batting average with nine triples.
PBS’ Dawson hit .602 with 41 RBIs and 56 stolen bases. Dautel batted .464 and drove in 50 runs.