Parish softball standouts play in all-star game
Some of Ascension’s best softball players had one final opportunity to shine last weekend as they competed in the LHSCA/LSCA all-star softball games.
For the East squad, Dutchtown head coach Nancy Ensminger was leading the way.
Lady Griffin pitcher Ali McCoy was on the team. McCoy is a Southeastern signee and first-team all-district selection.
Two East Ascension stars joined her on the team—pitcher Jessie Watts and shortstop Claire Weinberger.
Watts is a UL-Monroe signee and first-team all-district hurler, while Weinberger is an LSU signee and was also a first-team all-district selection. Both players helped guide the Lady Spartans to the second round of the playoffs, where they dropped a tough one-run contest to top seed and eventual state champion Alexandria.
The final Ascension player on the East squad was St. Amant’s Kourtney Gremillion. The UL-Lafayette signee was named the District 5-5A MVP this season as she helped lead the Lady Gators to the state quarterfinals.
Two Ascension Catholic stars were on the West squad—ace Julia Beck and recent LSU-Eunice signee Rae’Shaun Malancon. Both players helped lead the Lady Bulldogs to the state semifinals this season, where they lost to eventual state champion Catholic High of Pointe Coupee.
The two games took place in Pineville, at Louisiana College’s Wildcat Field. The West claimed the first contest, 4-1.
The second game featured plenty of fireworks—most of them coming from Ascension’s finest.
In the 10-8 slugfest, the East jumped out to a 6-2 advantage on the strength of a three-home homer by Gremillion in the top of the sixth.
However, in the bottom of the inning, Malancon responded with a three-run blast of her own that gave the East a 7-6 lead.
In the seventh, Gremillion struck again. She came through with an RBI single to regain the lead for the East. Watts followed it up with a two-RBI double that helped ice the game away.
Gremillion was named the East’s MVP as she went 2-2 with the homer and four RBIs.
Malancon was named the West’s MVP.
McCoy secured the victory from the circle for the East, while Watts had the two RBIs and Weinberger helped contribute with a scored run.