The Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s All-State baseball teams are picked by a panel of sports writers from across the state. In Class 1A, Collin Landry, of Ascension Catholic High School, was chosen as one of the Baton Rouge area players.

The Bulldog junior outfielder hit for a .356 average that included five doubles, two homers and 26 RBIs while leading his ACHS team to the quarterfinals in the state playoffs.

Julia Beck, also of Ascension Catholic High School, is a returning All-State pick who made the list of softball selections from the area. Beck is a junior and helped lead her Bulldog team to the quarterfinals with a 19-3 record, 229 strikeouts and a 1.23 ERA.

Ascension Catholic junior Rae’Shaun Melancon made the team as a utility player. Melancon hit .439 for the season with five home runs, 30 RBIs and 25 runs.

All-stars take the field

The Louisiana High School Coaches Association baseball all-star game was limited to one game due to the weather we’ve been having. The game was played on Saturday at Netterville Field at North Park in Denham Springs. The East team was represented by five area players.

Dillon Abbess, a pitcher from Dutchtown, along with his catcher, Tyler Boeding, teamed up with outfielder Justin Duhon, of St. Amant; and pitcher Hayden Adams and first baseman Tristan Babin, of East Ascension, to compete against the West team. Boeding hit a single in the seventh inning that led to the only run the East team scored in the 7-1 loss.

Nebraska comes South

As the LSU Tiger baseball team is doing a good job of making its way to Omaha for the College World Series, some of my in-laws made their way south from Omaha to Ascension Parish for a long-awaited and way overdue visit.

Deborah’s sister and her family visited with us for a few days, and along with the hugging and kissing from missing one another, they came for a healthy dose of South Louisiana culture they’d been missing, as well. Jerry and Daphne, Adam, Natalie and Nola (yes, they named their daughter Nola; pretty cool) along with sister Christie made up the Omaha entourage.

In between introducing a Northerner, Adam, to some of our culture by visiting the Cajun Village for the beignets and café au lait, of course, and lots of other spots, the group got to sit and relax while fishing off our pier. Their catch included catfish, bream, sac-a-lait and, of course, one big gasper goo.

We made a trip down the Diversion Canal to catch a few bass and got the treat of heading down to Delacroix to catch some crabs while fishing on the side of the road. The crabbing trip was pretty successful as the group ended up with six dozen crabs, and of course, they got to enjoy the spoils of victory with a crab boil.

Life wouldn’t be complete here without a crawfish boil, so a crawfish boil it was along with some corn, potatoes and smoked deer sausage.

The crew went back with lots of memories about our rich heritage and God-blessed outdoor activities second to none. Hopefully, the Tigers will be headed up to Omaha to pay them a visit soon.

Lyle Johnson covers sports for The Ascension Advocate. He can be contacted at or