Trey Morgan of West Feliciana and Parkview Baptist’s Nicky Dawson are the recipients of the 2016 Marucci Louisiana High School Baseball and Softball Player of the Year awards.
Dawson, an LSU signee, has won the first two Marucci softball awards. Morgan, an Southeastern Louisiana signee, joins former St. Thomas More player O’Neal Lochridge as the baseball winners, according to a news release.
Two of Marucci’s co-founders, Kurt Ainsworth and Joe Lawrence, are Louisiana natives who went on to play Major League Baseball. To honor Louisians’s rich tradition, the company created the Marucci Louisiana High School Player of the Year awards in 2015.
“We are once again proud to highlight two of our state’s top high school players who exemplified how to honor the game right in our backyard,” Ainsworth said. “Trey and Nicky both had outstanding seasons.”
Morgan helped lead West Feliciana to the Class 3A state title, its first in school history, with a 7-1 record and a 1.39 earned run average. Morgan also batted .412 with 39 RBIs.
“Your team is always better when your best player is your hardest worker, and Trey was that for us this past season,” West Feliciana coach Gannon Achord said.
“The leadership he provided for our team was definitely a factor in us winning the state championship.”
Dawson broke her own school records in batting average (.658) and on-base percentage (.743). She also belted five home runs, 35 RBIs, 15 doubles, scored 75 runs, and was 58/58 in stolen bases while leading Parkview to the state semifinals.
Dawson also broke three national records with 49 career triples, 324 career stolen bases and 291 career runs scored.
“Her work ethic was out of this world,” Parkview Baptist coach Ashlee Weems said. “I’ve never seen someone work at something so hard especially at the high school level. She played with a lot of confidence, loved to compete and made others around her better. She will be greatly missed.”