Parish softball stars make LSCA All-State team

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Ascension Catholic pitcher Julia Beck was named to the LSCA All-State squad. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

The softball season is long gone, but the postseason awards continue to shower over some of the parish’s best athletes.

Just recently, the Louisiana Softball Coaches Association released its All-State team, and eight Ascension softball standouts made the squad.

St. Amant had the most All-State selections from the parish with three.

It’s no surprise as the Lady Gators went 23-5 during the regular season and won another district championship. They finished the regular season on a 19-game winning streak.

Once in the playoffs, they reached the Fast Pitch 56 state tournament for the 15th time in 16 years—reaching the semifinals before losing a heartbreaker to Zachary.

UL-Lafayette signee Kourtney Gremillion was a first-team All-State selection after hitting a ridiculous .602. Gremillion was also named District 5-5A MVP and Parish MVP.

Joining her on the All-State team was Abby McKey. McKey missed much of the year with an injury, but she still ended up making first-team all-district and second-team All-Parish after hitting .513.

Finally, Taylor Tidwell made the All-State squad. The LSU commit hit .504 on her way to being named first-team all-district and All-Parish.

The Lady Gators have had a busy offseason as 14-year head coach Scott Nielson abruptly resigned after the season. Nielson led St. Amant to four state title victories.

Former East Ascension head coach Amy Pitre will succeed him. Pitre coached the Lady Spartans for nine years.

Two of her former players at East Ascension made the LSCA All-State squad in pitcher Jessie Watts and infielder Claire Weinberger.

The Spartans reached the second round of the playoffs this season, but they were eliminated in a nail-biter against top-seeded and eventual state champion Alexandria.

Watts, a UL-Monroe signee, went 17-11 from the circle and hit .506 from the plate. She was also first-team all-district and second-team All-Parish.

Weinberger, an LSU signee, hit .565 and made the all-district and All-Parish first teams.

The final 5A player from the parish that made the LSCA All-State squad was Dutchtown’s Ali McCoy.

After helping the Lady Griffins finish as state runners-up last season, the team reached the playoffs this year but were beaten in the opening round.

McCoy had a great season, finishing 19-12 from the circle and batting .495. McCoy was also first-team all-district and All-Parish.

Two parish stars made the LSCA 1A All-State team in Ascension Catholic pitcher Julia Beck and outfielder Rae’Shaun Malancon.

Both players helped lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 16-8 regular season, district championship and a trip to the state semifinals, where they lost to eventual state champion Catholic of Pointe Coupee.

Beck finished the season 19-8 from the circle and hit .493 from the plate. She was a first-team all-district and All-Parish selection. She was also named the parish’s Pitcher of the Year.

Malancon, an LSU-Eunice signee, hit .507 and was named District 6-1A MVP and first-team All-Parish.