State champions Kinder and Oak Grove claimed the lead roles on the 2014 Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 2A All-State baseball team.
Junior pitcher Zach Rider, who scored the winning run in extra innings in the title game, leads the way for baseball champion Kinder. Rider was selected the Outstanding Player for Class 2A baseball after finishing 12-0 on the mound with a 0.875 earned run average, while hitting .465 with one home run and 28 RBIs.
Oak Grove second baseman Drew Bennett was voted the Outstanding Player for softball. Bennett was a standout at the state tournament and ended the season with a .522 batting average and 31 RBIs.
Earning Coach of the Year honors in baseball was Menard’s J.C. Holt, a former LSU player, who guided a young Eagles’ team to the quarterfinals where they fell to Kinder. Oak Grove’s Trey Bennett was selected as Coach of the Year for softball.
Four players from the New Orleans area (including two from Haynes Academy) were selected to the baseball team.
Haynes infielder Matt Blanchard and pitcher Kirk Hanson (9-1) represented the Yellow Jackets, who reached the regional round of the playoffs.
Archbishop Hannan’s Brent Powell (.413) and Riverside Academy’s Mason Vicknair (.436) were local players selected as utility players. Vicknair helped the Rebels reach the Class 2A semifinals, where they lost to eventual champion Kinder.
Rosepine’s Chasen Partridge (.458), Episcopal’s Turner Graham (.424) also made the team as utility players.
Other pitchers on the team were Catholic-New Iberia junior Blake Gonsoulin, Rosepine junior Jesse Fruge and Menard senior John Leglue.
Rider was joined on the team by four teammates — catcher Bryce Baker (.458), shortstop Dylon Poncho (.427), third baseman Welles Cooley (.492) and outfielder Don Charles Arceneaux (.429).
Runnels’ Johnny Johnson (.402) and Haynes’ Matt Blanchard (.346) rounded out the infielders while Sterlington’s Austin Haman (.441) and Opelousas Catholic’s Logan Constantine (.410) completed the outfield. Constantine was one of Saturday’s MVP at the LHSCA All-Star baseball game.
Bennett was joined on the softball team by two teammates: senior pitcher Jessica Travis (27-4) and sophomore outfielder Abby Cook (.388).
Two New Orleans area players were selected to the softball team.
Hannan’s Bailey Tuminello (.558) was chosen as third baseman, while Riverside’s Toni Hebert (.449) was selected as utility player.
Hannan reached the regional round of the playoffs, where it lost to Riverside. Hebert helped Riverside make it to the quarterfinals, where it fell to eventual state champion Oak Grove.
Calvary’s Sarah Chamberlain (20-5), Delcambre’s Taylor Trahan (19-8) and Menard’s Jensen Howell (12-5) made the team as pitchers. Rounding out the infield were North Caddo catcher Kassie Harris (.590), Menard first baseman Rylee Ferguson (.362), and DeQuincy shortstop Amanda Feith (.505).
Laken Ebarb (.385), of Many, and Maddie Smith of Menard (.509), were picked for the outfield.
Other utiltiy players were Calvary’s Marissa Reed (.459), Menard’s Kayla Busby (.461), Kinder’s Megan Trahan (.509), and Pickering’s Summer Atkins (.557).