Baton Rouge and Acadiana/southeast area teams came close to winning state titles in Class 1A baseball and softball. While top honors went primarily to those in northeast Louisiana, there were enough honors to go around on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 1A all-state teams.
Caley Pyles of Cedar Creek and St. Frederick’s Will Daniels highlight a strong northeast Louisiana presence on the teams.
Pyles, 19-12 as a pitcher, was voted Outstanding Player for softball after leading Cedar Creek of Ruston to a state championship alongside coach Julie Riser, who was picked the Coach of the Year.
Cedar Creek swept 1A by claiming state titles in both sports. But northeast area player Will Daniels, from quarterfinalist St. Frederick in Monroe, brought home the Outstanding Player award. The honor was the second of the year for Daniels, who was named Defensive MVP in football by the LSWA.
After leading Sacred Heart-Ville Platte all the way from a No. 9 seed to the 1A championship game, Cody Vidrine took home baseball’s Coach of the Year award.
Five Baton Rouge area players made the 1A softball squad, and three were named to the baseball squad.
Pitcher Julia Beck (22-6, 266 strikeouts) and utility player Raeshaun Malancon (.387, 11 home runs, 41 RBIs) led Ascension Catholic to the runner-up spot in 1A softball. Semifinalist Catholic-Pointe Coupee put two players on the team — catcher Claire Roy (.361, .996 fielding percentage) and utility choice Ryann Bizette (.442, eight home runs, 37 RBIs, 165 strikeouts as a pitcher). Also making the team was Shelbi Strickland (.523, 30 runs, 44 RBIs) of quarterfinalist St. John-Plaquemine.
Hunter Schnebelen (10-2, 2.81 ERA) and Brandon Noel (7-1, .444, 25 RBIs) made the baseball squad after helping Plaquemine’s St. John to the semifinals. Outfielder Grant Montero of quarterfinalist Ascension Catholic (.385, 22 RBIs) also made the squad.
Semifinalist Central Catholic-Morgan City placed two players each on the softball and baseball squads. Pitcher Megan Landry (27-4, 320 strikeouts) and outfielder Geralyn Garrett (.507, 26 runs, 26 RBIs) made the softball team, and catcher Matthew Barbier (.401, 27 RBIs) and first baseman Barron Courtney (.452, 14 doubles, 41 RBIs) were picked for the baseball squad.
Shortstop Caleb Ledet of Houma Christian (.476, 32 stolen bases) also made the baseball squad along with two players from runner-up Sacred Heart: outfielder Evan Mire (.406) and utility player Andy Lafleur (.398).