Now with the all-district softball teams out of the way, it was time to celebrate the best players in all of Louisiana.
The Louisiana Softball Coaches Association did just that last week. The organization released their All-State teams for all softball classifications.
Despite the tremendous talent pool in Ascension Parish, and despite the widespread success of the area’s softball programs, only five Ascension players made the LSCA’s All-State teams. All five selections came from Class 5A.
Of the 28 young ladies that made the 5A squad, four of them came from St. Amant.
The Lady Gators’ ample representation on the team is no aberration. Though 2018 didn’t end as they had hoped, it was another outstanding season for St. Amant softball.
In head coach Amy Pitre’s second year, the Lady Gators put together a remarkable regular season that saw them go 29-2 overall.
During this run, they defeated perennial powers such as John Curtis, Alexandria, Hahnville, Sam Houston and Parkview Baptist.
The Lady Gators also went undefeated in District 5-5A play, en route to another league title. This was the sixth straight season St. Amant has accomplished this feat. Their district winning streak now stands at a remarkable 62 games.
Not only did the Lady Gators win all of their league contests, they won by a ridiculous average margin of 19 runs per game.
St. Amant headed into the playoffs as the No. 4 seed in Class 5A and pulled off an impressive 12-1 victory over parish and district foe Dutchtown in the opening round.
However, in round two, the Lady Gators were upset by 20th-seeded West Monroe, 1-0. The loss put an end to a streak of seven straight trips to the state tournament in Sulphur.
Despite the disappointment, there were many Lady Gators that put up superb performances in 2018. As a result, they have made the All-State team.
Most notably, LSU signee Taylor Tidwell made the squad after putting up video-game numbers during her senior season.
Tidwell hit a gaudy .570 with more than 50 RBIs and 17 homers. That set a new single-season home-run record for St. Amant. She was also named the District 5-5A MVP.
Fellow senior Jadyn Rumfellow joined her on the All-State squad. She made the team as a utility player. Rumfellow hit .350 this season.
Another St. Amant senior to make the All-State squad as a utility player was Kennedy Page.
Page, a Dutchtown transfer, was impressive in her lone season as a Lady Gator. Page hit .321. She is a UL-Monroe signee.
The final St. Amant star to make the LSCA All-State team was sophomore pitcher Alyssa Romano.
Romano was a workhorse from the circle for the Lady Gators this season. She compiled a spectacular record of 31-3.
The only other Ascension Parish player that made the All-State squad came from Dutchtown.
Outfielder Baylee Bourgeois was one of the few seniors on the Lady Griffins’ roster. She closed out her high-school career in style as she hit .429 for the season.
Besides making the All-State team, Bourgeois was also a first-team all-district selection.
Her Dutchtown squad was filled with plenty of youth in 2018. Combined with a extremely competitive schedule, the Lady Griffins finished just 15-16.
Though, Dutchtown was still able to finish as runner-up in District 5-5A and reach the postseason.