LHSAA State Softball Capsules

Class 5A

Denham Springs

Coach: David Bourque

Record: 21-5

Playoff seed: No. 5

Last time in the tournament: quarterfinalist in 2012

Starters: LF Brittany Case .591 batting average; SS Bailey Hughes .448;

CF Harli Crow .440; C Jaden Acardo .391; 3B Kaitlyn Thompson .347;

DP Macy Monk .275; RF Bailea Fucich .333; 1B Hannah Meadors .263; 2B Maggie Hinson .397; P Lucy Lewis 10-2 1.67 earned run average; Hollie Morrison 11-2 1.94 ERA

Noteworthy: Yellow Jackets were the 5A runner-up in 2011, 2006 and 2005.

East Ascension

Coach: Amy Pitre

Record: 23-9

Playoff seed: No. 10

Last time in the tournament: quarterfinalist in 2012

Starters: SS Claire Weinberger .485; RF Verlencia Jackson .400; P Jessie Watts .505; 3B Carmisha Payton .485; LF Taja Landry .303; 2B Jordan Langlois .274; DP Anne Marie Arceneaux .268; C Mackenzie Andrews .307; CF Marina Speligene.

Noteworthy: Only three EAHS starters have state tournament experience.

Live Oak

Coach: Michelle Morris

Record: 23-3

Playoff seed: No. 3

Last time in the tournament: semifinalist in 2013.

Starters: 2B Payton Gremillion .495; 3B Gisselle Ash .453; 1B Virginia Cacioppo .479; SS Lauren Brown .476; P Amanda Holliday .500, 15-3; C Katelyn McLin .398; LF Ally Howard .386; CF Kelsey Miller .361; RF Cameron Seals .474; P/UTL Savannah Hall .625.

Noteworthy: Eagles were the 4A runner-up in 2007 and 2008 before moving up to 5A.

St. Amant

Coach: Scott Nielson

Record: 30-2

Playoff seed: No. 1

Last time in the tournament: Semifinalist in 2013.

Starters: SS Kara Gremillion .579; CF Madison Edmonston .562; 1B Ali Delany .462; RF Kayla Braud .457; 3B Jordan Hartman .446; 2B Jaci Lavigne .411; LF Emily Cheatwood .244; DP Rachel Gautreaux .400; C Carlie Whittington .451; P Skylar Cook .333/21-2; P Gabby Sharp 9-0.

Noteworthy: Gators, who were the No. 2 seed last, seek seek first title-game berth since 2006.

Class 3A

Brusly

Coach: Beau Bouvier

Record: 23-8

Playoff seed: No. 3

Last time in the tournament: 3A state champions in 2013

Starters: LF Akiya Thymes .364; CF Carlie Comeaux .495; C Kaitlin David .306; P Camryn Comeaux .316/7-2 2.20 ERA; SS Maddie Laprarie .378; 1B Shelby Willis .266; RF Jonette Fitzgerald .395; 3B Lanesha Taylor .246; 2B Claire Daigle .343.

Noteworthy: Panthers were the 3A runner-up in 2011 and also won a 3A title in 1997.

Class 1A

Ascension Catholic

Coach: Brandi Hahn

Record: 23-6

Playoff seed: No. 3

Last time in the tournament: quarterfinalist in 2013.

Starters: RF Jeanne Zeringue; CF Aimee Prejeant; SS Maggie Blanchard; DP Raeshaun Malancon; C Baily Amedee; P Julia Beck; 1B Amy Gregoire; 2B Kaitlyn Mistretta; LF Natalie Landry; 3B Bailey Burgess.

Noteworthy: The Bulldogs last won 1A state titles in 1999 and 2000 when Hahn was their pitcher.

Catholic-PC

Coach: Lauren Doucet

Record: 24-3

Playoff seed: No. 1

Last time in the tournament: Class 1A champions in 2013

Starters: Lauren David .450; Phoebe Fabre .400; Katelynn Bellelo .400; Claire Roy .360; Blaire Bass .375; Ryann Bizette .350; Madison Hurst .250; Julia Johnson .250.

Noteworthy: Hornets have not given up a run in two playoff games and were the 1A runner-up in 2012.

St. John

Coach: Cindy Prouty

Record: 21-12

Playoff seed: No. 10

Last time in the tournament: quarterfinalist in 2013

Starters: C Payton Passantino .492; 2B Kortlyn Theriot .310; DP/PH Grace Acosta.373; 3B McKenzie Richard .495; CF Alana Blanchard .448; DP Sam Rivet .364; RF Carlee Smith .409; UTL Keri Yarbrough; SS Shelbi Strickland .523; 1B Brooklyn Pearce .444; P Kyndal Guillory .442/12-7; LF Gracie Trahan .368.

Noteworthy: Prouty, a former SJHS assistant, took over for longtime coach Cricket Crockett, who is now the school’s football coach.