Four trips to the LHSAA state tourney since 2011 have helped St. Michael the Archangel carve a niche as one of Louisiana’s top Class 4A baseball programs.
The Warriors advanced to the 4A semifinals for the third straight season this spring. That finish helped two players, first baseman Michael Smith and catcher Ross Scelfo, claim spots on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 4A All-State team.
Teurlings Catholic outfielder Nick Webre (baseball) and catcher Bailey Hemphill of St. Thomas More (softball) were selected as the Outstanding Player award winners on the LSWA squads selected by a panel of writers from across the state.
Breaux Bridge’s Kyle Cormier (baseball) and Cabrini’s Shannon Austin (softball) received the Coach of the Year honors.
Smith made the team as an infielder. The Baton Rouge Community College signee powered the St. Michael offense with a .417 batting average that included eight home runs and 46 runs batted in.
Scelfo made the team as a utility selection. He batted .408 with 10 doubles and 27 RBIs while also anchoring the SMHS defense up the middle.
Hemphill, an Alabama signee, hit .560 with 12 homers, 29 RBIs and 22 runs scored during her senior season to garner the Outstanding Player honor for softball. Considered the state’s most dangerous hitter in all classes, Hemphill walked 49 times in 99 plate appearances and struck out just once.
Webre, a junior and an LSU commitment, hit .444 with six homers, 11 doubles, six triples, 41 RBIs and 42 runs scored and was voted the Outstanding Player on the baseball squad for state champion Teurlings.
Cormier coached fifth-seeded Breaux Bridge to a 25-5 overall record and a trip to the baseball semifinals. Cabrini’s Austin took the Crescents to the 4A championship game in her final season as coach.
Webre was one of four TCHS players on the 4A baseball squad. Pitchers Brett Weber and Josh Taylor and catcher Austin Kirkpatrick, also a utility choice, were the other players from nationally ranked Teurlings to make the 4A squad.
Karr (pitcher Tyree Thompson and outfielder Myran Pelrean) and West Ouachita (pitcher Luke Honeycutt and infielder Zach Watson) also placed multiple players on the baseball squad.
Hemphill and pitcher Whitney Romero of STM made the softball team. Cabrini (pitcher Karli Perque and infielder Christie Runnels), state champion North DeSoto (pitcher EC Delafield, infielder Bayli Simon and outfielder Emily Henderson) and Leesville (infielder Alexis Hagan and outfielder Keyana Poteat) also placed two players each on the softball unit.