Cabrini’s Shannon Austin claims Class 4A coach of the year honor _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Cabrini coach Shannon Austin, right, shares a laugh with a player Friday, April 24, 2015, during a softball game against lakeshore at Lakeshore. Cabrini won 10-0, with the game called in the sixth inning for the mercy rule.

Shannon Austin is stepping away from coaching to spend time with her four kids.

But the Cabrini softball coach, who spent the past 10 seasons in charge at her alma mater, goes out with one last exclamation point on her career.

She was named Coach of the Year on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 4A All-State softball team.

Austin led the Crescents to uncharted territory this season, leading the school to the championship game for the first time in school history. Carbini finished the seaosn 27-7, losing to North DeSoto in the championship game.

Her team, featuring just four seniors, got hot to end the season, winning 21 of its last 23 games.

Senior pitcher Karli Perque led the way for the team and was named first-team all-state.

Perque went 26-7 with 329 strikeouts in 187 innings. She finished her career with 1,025 strikeouts. She threw five no-hitters this season and batted .402.

Perque, who will play next season at Jones County (Mississippi) Junior College, is one of two Cabrini players to be named All-State. She is joined by junior third baseman Christie Runnels. Runnels, who has verbally committed to Memphis, batted .547 with nine home runs and 39 RBIs and hit for the cycle in a playoff game against Grant.

Hayley Barbazon, a senior at Belle Chasse, was the only other local player to make the team. She batted .524 as a senior and helped the Cardinals reach the second round of the playoffs.

Bailey Hemphill of St. Thomas More was named Player of the Year in 4A. Hemphill, a four-time all-state selection, will play at Alabama next season. Hemphill batted .560 with 12 home runs, 29 RBIs and 22 runs. She was walked 49 times in her 99 trips to the plate and struck out just once.

In baseball, a pair of players from Edna Karr were named to the team.

Pitcher Tyree Thompson and outfielder Myran Pelrean made it from the Cougars.

Thompson, who signed with the Texas Rangers last week after being drafted in the 26th round of the Major League Baseball draft, is a three-time All-State pick. He struck out at least 100 batters all four years, finishing his career with 421 strikeouts and 38 wins. He was 7-3 as a senior with a 2.41 ERA. He also threw two perfect games and six no-hitters.

Pelrean, who signed with Delgado Community College, batted .560 and helped Karr reach the first round of the playoffs.

Franklinton catcher C.J. Stave, a senior who batted .474, also made the team.

Teurlings Catholic junior outfielder Nick Webre, who has committed to LSU, was chosen as Player of the Year.

Webre batted .444 with six home runs, 11 doubles, six triples, 41 RBIs and 42 runs scored for the state champion Rebels.

Breaux Bridge’s Kyle Cormier was named Coach of the Year after guiding his fifth-seeded team to a 25-5 record and a trip to the Class 4A semifinals.