John Curtis pitchers of Katie Brignac and Evan Hileman headline the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A All-State teams for baseball and softball.
Brignac, a Memphis signee and the younger sister of former two-time Louisiana Miss Softball and All-American Ashley Brignac, was selected as the Outstanding Player on the softball squad. She was 23-2 with 290 strikeouts while leading the Patriots to a third straight state title. The previous two came in Class 2A.
Hileman, a Nicholls State signee, was the District 11-3A Player of the Year for the second straight season and pitched Curtis to the 3A final, striking out 11 batters in a 4-2 win over University in the semifinals to improve to 11-3 on the season with a 1.76 ERA.
Tim Hulett, whose second-seeded Evangel squad beat top-seeded Curtis to win the 3A baseball title, was selected as the baseball Coach of the Year. It is his fifth state title with the Eagles. St. Louis coach Jessica Provost, whose team was 18-8 in her first season, was voted as the softball Coach of the Year.
A total of four Baton Rouge area players made the 3A squad. Brusly’s Carlie Comeaux, a Unversity of Louisiana at Monroe signee, made the softball team as a outfielder after batting .510 and finished with 41 runs scored and 40 RBIs.
Pitcher Luke LeBlanc of Brusly, shortstop Ty Gurr of Livonia and utility player Adam Tarver of Parkview Baptist made the baseball squad. LeBlanc was 10-2 with a 1.05 earned run average while helping BHS advance to the semifinals. Gurr hit .473 with five home runs and 44 RBIs for Livonia.
Tarver hit .319 with 31 for PBS, a 3A quarterfinalist, while also finishing 6-1 as a pitcher with four saves and a 1.93 ERA. Loranger’s Kolton Kendrick (.336) also made the team as a utility player.
Acadiana area softball players honored include Notre Dame infielder Taylor Satchell (.469, eight home runs) and two utility players, Port Barre’s Alison Deville (15-4) and Berwick’s Shannon Theriot (.604).
Joining Brignac on the all-state softball team were her teammate and fellow Memphis signee Brooke Lee (.524, 7 HR) as an infielder and sophomore teammate Payton Adams (.346, 6 HR) as a utility player.
Buckeye’s Mikayla Brown (19-2), St. Louis’ Shannon Dalton (23-4) and Darian Thacker (16-5) of runner-up Jena complete the pitching staff. St. Louis’ Morgan Rosteet (.500, 8 HR) was the catcher.
Iota’s McKenzie Armand (.593, 14 HR) and Jena’s Braegan Burlew (.448, 8 HR) were the other infielders selected. Jena’s Kelsey Bradford (.462, 6 HR) and South Beauregard’s Allie Parker (.498) were picked as outfielders. Also selected as utility players were Evangel’s Carolina Sanchez (17-9) and St. Charles’ senior Emily Triche (.587).
Hileman was one of four Curtis players selected to the baseball team. First baseman Calvin Linden (.500), outfielder Harry Chairs (.386, 8 HR) and utility player Daniel Cabrera (6-0) were the others.
Evangel placed two players on the team — closer Brooks Bryan, who had nine saves and gave up one earned run in 31 1/3 innings on the season, and utility player Ryne Ray (.386, six HRs).
South Beauregard’s Nick Lee (14-2) was the other baseball pitcher selected. Buckeye’s Blake Buller (.473, 9 HR) was picked as the catcher.
North Vermilion’s Ryan Thompson (.352, 4 HR) at second base and Buckeye’s Logan Phillips (.512, 6 HR) at third base were the other infielders chosen. The other outfielders were South Beauregard’s Brandon Hare (.400) and St. Charles’ Connor Western (.416). Iowa’s Dayton LaBorde (14-1) made the team as a utility player.