It wasn’t that long ago when the parish’s softball players were honored with selection to the Louisiana Softball Coaches Association All-State squad. Well, the All-State accolades aren’t done just yet.
Another All-State team was released last week. This time, the squad was selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
The LSWA compiled teams for both baseball and softball.
In Class 1A, Ascension Catholic saw six of their athletes make the cut.
In baseball, Charlie Ginaelloni, Tre’ Medine and Mason Zeringue were all first-team selections. William Dunn was honorable mention.
In softball, both Alicia Canatella and Bailey Acosta were honorable mention.
When it came to Class 5A, Ascension Parish players were less visible. There weren’t any baseball players from the area on the LSWA All-State squad.
As for the softball team, only three parish players made the cut. All three players came from St. Amant.
The Lady Gators’ most heralded selection was LSU signee Taylor Tidwell. Tidwell was the lone St. Amant player to make the first team.
She had a sensational senior season that saw her put up eye-popping numbers. Tidwell hit .598 with 53 RBIs, and she set a new single-season school record for most home runs with 17.
Those 17 homers also allowed her to tie the Lady Gator record for most career dingers.
The LSWA All-State first team is just the latest honor for Tidwell. This offseason, she has also been selected first-team LSCA All-State, and she was named the District 5-5A MVP.
There were two other St. Amant softball players that made the LSWA All-State squad.
Tidwell’s fellow senior, Jadyn Rumfellow joined her on the team. She was an honorable-mention selection.
Rumfellow was the Lady Gators’ starting centerfielder and their leadoff hitter. She hit a gaudy .350 for the season. She also made LSCA All-State and first-team all-district.
Finally, sophomore pitcher Alyssa Romano joined her as an honorable-mention pick.
After a terrific freshman season in which she helped lead St. Amant to the state quarterfinals, Romano got even better in 2018. She compiled a nearly unblemished 30-3 record.
She was both LSCA All-State and all-district first team.
These three players all helped St. Amant put together the kind of dominating regular season their fans have grown accustomed to seeing over the years.
The Lady Gators went 29-2, which included going undefeated in District 5-5A for a sixth straight season. This upped their league winning streak to an amazing 62 games.
St. Amant won another district championship, and in doing so, they dismantled their league cohorts by an average margin of 19 runs per game.
The Lady Gators headed into the Class 5A playoffs as the No. 4 seed.
In the opening round, they thrashed district and parish foe Dutchtown by a score of 12-1. However, in the regional, they were upset at home by 20th-seeded West Monroe, 1-0.
The loss prevented St. Amant from reaching the state tournament in Sulphur for the first time in seven years.
The Lady Gators will part ways with many key players in 2019. They’ll lose Tidwell, Rumfellow, Kennedy Page, Dionne Templet, Madison Hurt, Brooke Romano and Madison Marchand.
Fortunately for St. Amant, they’ll return Alyssa Romano, along with all-district performers such as Chandler Guedry, Kelsi Martine and Rylee Rossi.