The UL softball program claimed the top three individual awards and led the state with six first-team honorees and nine total selections on the 2019 All-Louisiana Collegiate Softball Team, the Louisiana Sports Writers Association announced Sunday evening.
The LSWA named junior shortstop Alissa Dalton the state’s Hitter of the Year and junior pitcher Summer Ellyson the Pitcher of the Year. Gerry Glasco captured Coach of the Year honors.
Dalton and Ellyson earned All-Louisiana first-team distinction for the second straight season and were joined on the first team by Julie Rawls at catcher, Kourtney Gremillion at first base, Sarah Hudek in the outfield and Lexie Comeaux at designated player.
Keeli Milligan earned a spot on the All-Louisiana second team as a utility player. Kara Gremillion, a four-time All-Louisiana honoree, and Raina O’Neal were honorable mention selections.
Dalton, who also was the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, logged a .400 average and 43 RBIs. The Cypress, Texas native, who was the 2018 Newcomer of the Year, added a second All-Louisiana major award to her resume.
Ellyson, also the Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year, led all levels of collegiate softball with 39 wins and tallied a career-best 354 strikeouts. She was the lone unanimous first-team selection on the All-Louisiana squad, and her plus-18 advantage in Pitcher of the Year votes — 19 for her, one apiece for two others — was the largest of the past 10 years.
In Glasco’s second season leading the program, UL recorded its first 50-win season (52-6) since 2012, turned in only the second undefeated conference mark in Sun Belt history, established a school-record 29-game win streak and continued the streak of consecutive NCAA tournament appearances to 21.
The Cajuns led the state in first-team selections for the 11th time in 12 years.
A Louisiana Sports Writers Association panel of media and sports publicists selected the All-Louisiana team, based on statistics and performances through the teams' conference tournaments. This is the 32nd year of All-Louisiana softball selections.
Rawls tied a career high with 10 homers and also led the Cajuns with 49 RBIs. Gremillion hit a career-best .339 and also drove in 31 runs. Hudek led UL with a career-high 11 home runs and also paced the Cajuns with 49 runs scored, 23 extra-base hits and 106 total bases. DP Lexie Comeaux led the team with 23 RBIs in Sun Belt play and had 40 RBIs overall. Milligan had a school-record 60 stolen bases.
2019 ALL-LOUISIANA COLLEGIATE SOFTBALL TEAM
P Summer Ellyson, UL
P Krystal De La Cruz, Louisiana Tech
P Megan Landry, Nicholls State
C Julie Rawls, UL
1B Kourtney Gremillion, UL
2B Shemiah Sanchez, LSU
3B Amanda Sanchez, LSU
SS Alissa Dalton, UL
OF Aliyah Andrews, LSU
OF Jazlyn Crowder, Louisiana Tech
OF Sarah Hudek, UL
DP Lexie Comeaux, UL
UT Shelbi Sunseri, LSU
HITTER OF THE YEAR
Alissa Dalton, UL
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Summer Ellyson, UL
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Amanda Sanchez, LSU
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Lindsay Edwards, Louisiana Tech
COACH OF THE YEAR
Gerry Glasco, Louisiana; Mark Montgomery, Louisiana Tech
P - Preslee Galloway, La. Tech; Jensen Howell, LSU-Eunice; Shelby Wickersham, LSU; C - Kali Clement, Nicholls State;
1B - Rebecca Skains, SLU; 2B - Kimmie Atienza, La. Tech; 3B - Lindsay Edwards, La. Tech; SS - Ruby Butler, Bossier Parish; OF - Shelby Bergeron, La. College; Justyce McClain, McNeese; Morgan Turkoly, La. Tech; DP - Rikelle Miller, Grambling; UT - Keeli Milligan, UL.
Alley McDonald, SLU; Heather Zumo, LSUE; Ella Manzer, SLU; Amanda Doyle, LSU; Abby Sterling, LC; Abi Cole, Bossier Parish; Jaquelyn Ramon, SLU; Kara Gremillion, UL; Lauren Rachal, LSU-A; Bayli Simon, La. Tech; Sydney McKay, ULM; Raina O'Neal, UL; Rebecca Shepherd, Bossier; Savannah Stewart, LSU; Sara Tate, LSUE; Sloane Stewartson, La. Tech; UT - E.C. Delafield, Northwestern St.; RyLeigh Rutherford, LSU-A.