Multiple parish softball players make LSCA All-State
Earlier this summer, four Ascension Parish softball players were recognized by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and selected to their prestigious All-State team.
The All-State honors didn’t end there.
Soon afterward, it was the Louisiana Softball Coaches Association’s turn to put their All-State squad together, and just like with the LSWA team, multiple parish stars made the cut.
Altogether, six Ascension products made the team. Five players made the 5A squad—four from St. Amant and one from Dutchtown—and one Ascension Catholic player was selected to the 1A team.
The St. Amant Lady Gators had a sensational season under first-year head coach Amy Pitre.
After starting off the year in a 2-3 hole, the Lady Gators caught fire. They ended up winning 21 of their final 22 games—which included a 16-game winning steak to end the regular season.
They finished with an overall record of 23-4 on their way to another District 5-5A championship.
St. Amant absolutely dominated the league, going undefeated and winning the 10 games by an absurd average margin of 17-1.
In the playoffs, St. Amant won their first two games by a combined score of 25-1 to reach Sulphur for the state tournament.
There, the third-seeded Lady Gators were upset by Live Oak, after squandering a 4-1 advantage.
Throughout the season, Coach Pitre said that her team got going once the bats got going. Luckily for St. Amant, they had four All-State players swinging those bats for them.
Two of their most dangerous hitters were senior outfielder Abby McKey and junior LSU commit Taylor Tidwell. Both players were LSCA All-State selections.
McKey hit .557 with 11 home runs and 48 RBIs, and she was named the District 5-5A MVP and Parish MVP.
Tidwell hit .393 for the season with eight homers and 44 RBIs. She was a first-team all-district and All-Parish selection.
Also making the LSCA All-State team were junior outfielder Jadyn Rumfellow and senior infielder Pamela Carbo. Both players were first-team all-district and All-Parish.
Rumfellow finished the year batting .524, while Carbo hit .538.
Dutchtown had one player make the LSCA All-State squad.
Despite having a team filled with youth and inexperience, Dutchtown played well during the season—finishing as runner-up in District 5-5A.
They finished the regular season with a 19-14 record and went on to upset 16th-seeded Destrehan in the opening round of the playoffs, before losing to top seed and defending state champion Alexandria.
Leading the charge for the Lady Griffins was one of the most impressive young players in the parish in Paige Patterson.
The freshman catcher hit .531 during the season and was a first-team selection on both the all-district and All-Parish teams.
Despite losing two All-State players in pitcher Julia Beck and outfielder Rae’Shaun Melancon, Ascension Catholic still went undefeated in District 6-1A play and made it to Sulphur for a fifth straight season.
The Lady Bulldogs were led by a familiar face this season as three-time state champion Don Henry returned to coach the program after the departure of Brandi Manry.
Though they played a brutal schedule, Henry guided them to a 14-11 record during the regular season.
In the Division IV playoffs, they rolled past St. Edmund in the opening round, before getting eliminated by top-seeded Vermillion Catholic in the quarterfinals.
One Lady Bulldog made the LSCA Class 1A All-State squad.
Catcher Ceilly Grisaffe made the cut after hitting .417 for the season.
Grisaffe was also second-team All-Parish and District 6-1A Co-MVP.