Pitchers garner top honors on Class 2A baseball, softball teams

Pitchers Katie Brignac, of John Curtis, and Evan Hebert, of Loreauville, earned the top individual honors on the 2013 Class 2A All-State softball and baseball teams chosen by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Brignac was named the state’s Outstanding Player in Class 2A softball for a second consecutive season, while Hebert was voted the Outstanding Player in baseball.

Coach of the Year honors go to Kinder’s Ken Courville in baseball and Riverside Academy’s Kristy Hebert in softball.

There also were accolades for players from baseball runner-up University High and other players from the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas.

Brignac, a junior, was undefeated on the mound for the Class 2A state champions, with her 20th victory coming in a 3-2 decision against Riverside in the state final in which she delivered a game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh inning.

On the season, Brignac struck out 225 and compiled a 0.75 ERA. She improved to 45-0 as a pitcher during Curtis’ run to consecutive state titles. Brignac also led the District 10-2A champions in batting with a .444 average and had 10 home runs and 30 RBIs in 27 games.

Evan Hebert, a senior, earned all-state recognition as a utility selection after compiling a 9-2 record as a pitcher with 131 strikeouts and a 1.94 ERA. He batted .398 with 10 home runs and 46 RBIs for the District 6-2A co-champions.

An Arizona signee, Hebert helped the Tigers post a 26-4 record, earn a No. 7 seed in the playoffs and advance to the Class 2A state quarterfinals, where Loreauville was upset 3-1 by Kinder.

Courville directed Kinder to a 22-12 record and second place in District 4-2A. Kinder advanced to the state semifinals, where the 15th-seeded Yellow Jackets lost 1-0 to third-seed and eventual state champion Evangel.

Kristy Hebert completed her sixth season as Riverside coach by directing the Rebels to a 28-8 record and a No. 2 seed in the playoffs that followed a runner-up finish to Curtis in District 10-2A.

Riverside’s championship game appearance was its first since 2002 and followed consecutive state semifinals appearances under Hebert, who also directed Curtis to five consecutive state championships from 2003-07. Kristy Hebert has averaged 26 victories in her 16 seasons as a head coach, with a career record of 415-129.

U-High placed pitcher Manny Miles and outfielder Gino Marucci on the baseball squad. Miles finished 11-0 with a 0.49 earned run average and pitched two no-hitters, one of which came in a semifinal win over Calvary Baptist. Marucci batted .537 with 14 doubles, three home runs and 44 RBIs.

Livingston Parish’s Springfield also put catcher Tanner Wild (.530, seven home runs, 34 RBIs) and shortstop Zack Clark (.438, six HR, 34 RBIs).

Curtis’ Hunter Speer (.431, 2 HR, 31 RBIs) and Evan Hileman (6-3, 0.69 ERA) made the baseball squad, along with Newman’s Jamie Smith (.478, 6 HRs, 46, RBIs), Riverside’s Austin Faucheux (.400) and Northlake Christian’s Dane Landry (.434, 4 HR, 41 RBIs) and Tyler Schwaner (7-2, 1.75 ERA; .365, 34 RBIs).

Curtis also placed Rachel Brockhaus (.290, 25 RBIs) and Brooke Lee (.430, 11 HR, 33 RBIs) on the softball squad. Riverside’s Destin Vicknair (24-7; .486, 32 RBIs), Taylor Terrio (.587, 34 stolen bases) and Toni Hebert (.519, 29 stolen bases) also made the softball team.