Last week, the best college softball players in the state were celebrated as the All-Louisiana Collegiate Softball Team was released. The squad had two Ascension Parish representatives.

Last week, the best college softball players in the state were celebrated as the All-Louisiana Collegiate Softball Team was released. The squad had two Ascension Parish representatives.

Coincidentally, the two parish members of this year’s team were also former teammates at St. Amant. Both UL-Lafayette’s Kara Gremillion and Southeastern’s Maddie Edmonston were honorable-mention selections on this year’s All-Louisiana team.

This was the first time Edmonston made the squad as a member of the Southeastern Lady Lions. She just completed a terrific senior season that marked the end of her collegiate career.

Following a superb final year at St. Amant in which she hit nearly .600 and earned All-State honors, Edmonston took her talents to LSU-Eunice.

As a freshman, she hit .354 with 27 RBIs and four home runs. It set the table for a huge sophomore campaign.

In helping lead the Lady Bengals to a Division-II national championship, Edmonston hit a robust .467 with 39 RBIs and six home runs. She scored 82 runs.

These numbers made her a first-team NJCAA All-American.

In her first season with Southeastern, Edmonston started all 55 games and hit .254. She also earned a spot on the NFCA All-American Scholar Team.

As a senior, her play only got better. Starting in centerfield and batting leadoff, Edmonston hit .303 with 26 RBIs and two home runs.

She led the Southland Conference with 42 stolen bases, and she set the single-season school record for runs scored with 49. Edmonston also led the team in on-base percentage at .440.

The Lady Lions finished with an overall record of 38-21.

Her former St. Amant teammate joined her as an honorable-mention selection on the All-Louisiana team.

Gremillion joined the UL-Lafayette softball program as one of the most accomplished Lady Gator softball players of all time. In her senior year, she was named the Gatorade Louisiana Softball Player of the Year.

She is one of five St. Amant softball players to have their jersey retired.

Gremillion worked her way into the Ragin’ Cajun starting lineup as a true freshman.

She started every game at third base as a sophomore and ended up earning both first-team All-Sun Belt and All-Louisiana honors as she hit .320.

For her junior campaign, Gremillion hit .308—which was third on the team. She added 24 RBIs and one home run.

Gremillion’s 39 runs scored was the best on the team, so was her 30 walks. She had an on-base percentage of .438. This was the best percentage for any Ragin’ Cajun with at least 20 at-bats.

Also, her nine strikeouts were the second-fewest among players with at least 50 at-bats.

Gremillion helped lead UL-Lafayette to the NCAA Tournament this season. They made it to the championship game of the Baton Rouge Regional, but they were defeated by LSU.