Title teams leave their marks

The Mangham High baseball team and Catholic-Pointe Coupee softball team claimed the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s 1A state titles. The two champions parlayed their success into prominent placement on the 2013 Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 1A All-State squads.

Pitcher Ryann Bizette, an eighth grader (15-1, 1.02 ERA, 124 strikeouts), freshman Katelynn Bellelo (.443, 26 RBI) and senior Jordyn David (.383, 20 RBI, 12 2B) represent CHSPC on the 1A softball team.

“This is awesome for us,” Catholic-PC coach Lauren Castle Doucet said. “You’ve got a senior who took on a huge leadership role and then a freshman and an eighth-grader, which bodes well for our future.

“All three of those girls worked very hard to improve different facets of their game. They all got moved from one position to maybe one or two others by the changes we needed to make. And all of them were willing to go wherever we asked.”

Mangham sophomore Ridge Heisler took Outstanding Player honors in baseball after going 15-1 on the mound with a 1.97 ERA and 92 strikeouts.

Heisler also batted .491 with six homers and 31 RBIs. Mangham coach Scott Wilcher was named the baseball Coach of the Year after leading the Dragons to their first baseball state title. The Dragons also placed sophomore designated hitter Dylan Ridgeway (15 HRs, .375 avg.) on the 1A squad team.

Archbishop Hannan senior Kimberly Nilsson (.494 avg., 38 RBIs) was voted the softball Outstanding Player, while Westminster Christian’s Jay Artall was picked as the softball Coach of the Year. Nilsson led Hannan to a runner-up finish.

Ascension Catholic’s Nancy Guillot, who batted .602, also made the softball squad. Guillot had 34 RBIs and 30 runs scored.

Two players from Class 1A baseball semifinalist St. John, Trevor Curry and Morgan Booksh, made the baseball team. Curry hit .489 with 10 home runs and 58 RBIs. Booksh hit .303 with 36 RBIs and also was 2-1 as a pitcher with nine saves.

Hannan also placed two more players on the softball team — Maddi Shelton (21-9, 184 strikeouts) and Sydney Finch (.366). Cedar Creek placed Caley Pyles (132 strikeouts. 1.77 ERA) and Maggie Davidson (.461) on the team.

Central Catholic put Megan Landry (1.59 ERA, 191 strikeouts) and Kimberly Russo (.444) on the squad. Oberlin’s Haley Reeves (.539 avg., eight home runs), Laryn Graves of Montgomery (1.82 ERA, 165 strikeouts, .470), Merryville’s Morgan Verette (.491 avg.), Mangham’s Meagan Duchesne (15 HRs, .516 avg.), Houma Christian’s Lindsay Crowdus (.554 avg.) and St. Martin’s Mychal Truxillo (.550 batting average.) complete the softball squad.

The baseball squad also featured Ouachita Christian’s Braden Bristo (10-2, .432 avg) and Jonathan Washam (.517 avg.) and the Central Catholic trio of Bryson Barbier (6-3 record), Barron Courtney (.426) and Josh Singleton (.438). Country Day’s Michael Mann (.489) and Ben Harrison (8-0) also made the team.

St. Martin’s Stewart Campbell (11-2 record), Hannan’s Mike Hess (.489 avg.), Houma Christian’s Drake Battaglia (.400 avg.), Cedar Creek’s Mark Van (.404 avg.) and Westminster’s Jalen Williams (.390 avg.) completed the baseball team.