Softball standouts named All-Metro

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief
Ascension Catholic's Rae'Shaun Malancon was a first-team All-Metro selection. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

Softball is just a way of life in Ascension Parish.

The area continues to produce some of the best talent in the state, and this year was no different. Ascension products crowded the Baton Rouge area’s All-Metro teams that were released recently.

Leading the charge on the 5A and 4A team was St. Amant. The Lady Gators had a tremendous year that saw them end the regular season on a 19-game winning streak, win district and reach the Fast Pitch 56 state tournament for the 15th time in the past 16 years.

Their run to the quarterfinals led to a booming seven players making the All-Metro squad.

Kourtney Gremillion made the first team after hitting .602 with 13 home runs and 62 RBIs. Over the summer, the UL-Lafayette signee has been showered with accolades. She was named District 5-5A MVP, Parish MVP, first-team All-State and she even made the NFCA All-American team.

Infielder Taylor Tidwell was a first-team selection. The LSU commit hit .504 with 10 homers and 49 RBIs. She was also first-team all-district, All-Parish and also All-State.

Abby McKey made the first team from the outfield. Despite missing a large portion of the regular season with an injury, McKey hit .513 with 10 home runs and 44 RBIs. Fellow outfielder Jadyn Rumfellow was also first-team All-Metro after hitting .453.

Both players were all-district and All-Parish with McKey also being named All-State.

Pitcher Renee Firmin made the second team, along with infielder McKenzie King. Both players were all-district and All-Parish selections.

Dutchtown had a host of players that made the All-Metro team as well. The Lady Griffins headed into the season as defending state runners-up. In 2016, they made a return to the postseason but came up short in the opening round.

Making the All-Metro first team was pitcher and Southeastern signee Ali McCoy. McCoy went 19-12 from the circle this season and also hit .495 with 32 RBIs from the plate. She was both first-team all-district and All-Parish.

Three Dutchtown players made the All-Metro second team in infielders Hannah Martin and Kennedy Page and outfielder Blayne Pence. All were all-district and All-Parish selections.

Two East Ascension standouts made the All-Metro squad. They helped lead the Lady Spartans to the second round of the playoffs in 2016, where they fell just short against top-seeded and eventual state champion Alexandria.

Pitcher Jessie Watts was a first-team selection after going 17-11 from the circle and hitting .506 with 44 RBIs. She is a UL-Monroe signee.

Teammate Claire Weinberger made the first team from the infield. The LSU signee hit .565 this season with 22 RBIs.

Both players garnered all-district, All-Parish and All-State honors over the summer.

There were two parish selections on the 3A and below All-Metro squad—both coming from Ascension Catholic.

The Lady Bulldogs had a terrific year. Not only did they win a district title, but they reached the state semifinals, before losing to eventual state champion Catholic of Pointe Coupee.

Pitcher Julia Beck was a first-team All-Metro selection. Not only did she pile up 220 strikeouts from the circle, she also hit .493 from the plate.

Over the summer, she has made first-team all-district and All-State, and she was named the Parish Pitcher of the Year.

Teammate Rae’Shaun Malancon was the Lady Bulldogs’ other first-team All-Metro selection. The LSU-Eunice signee hit .507 this season with nine home runs and 32 RBIs.

In addition to being named All-State and All-Parish, she was crowned District 6-1A MVP.