Former parish stars named to all-conference teams

Kyle Riviere
UL-Lafayette slugger and Dutchtown alum Aleah Craighton was first-team All-Sun Belt. Photo courtesy of

When they were in Ascension, they dominated high-school softball, and now, they’ve carried their dominance over to college.

Last week, three former parish greats continued to be rewarded for their exceptional play as they were named to their respective all-conference teams.

LSU starting outfielder and former East Ascension star Bailey Landry was named first-team All-SEC, while Dutchtown alum Aleah Craighton and St. Amant alum Kara Gremillion were both named first-team All-Sun Belt for UL-Lafayette.

Landry was an All-American at East Ascension, and there have been no signs of slowing down at LSU.

She has been a starter for the Lady Tigers ever since the latter half of her freshman year—a year in which she was named to the SEC All-Freshmen team.

In the past two seasons, Landry has helped lead LSU to the Women’s College World Series.

During the 2015 run, she set a new school record for most consecutive games with a hit with 21. She ended up hitting .426 that season, en route to being named second-team All-SEC and NFCA All-American.

This season, Landry and the Lady Tigers went 41-18 and reached the SEC title game, before losing to Ole Miss. LSU earned the No. 13 national seed for the NCAA Tournament and will host a regional on Friday.

She is hitting .431 and on pace to tie the school record for best batting average in a single season. This has allowed her to become a first-team All-SEC selection for the first time in her collegiate career.

Recently, Landry was drafted fifth overall by the Texas Charge (McKinney, Texas) in the 2017 National Pro Fastpitch Draft.

Craighton was a first-team all-district player at Dutchtown before signing with UL-Lafayette.

After redshirting her first year there, Craighton has become a three-year starter for the Cajuns. In all three seasons, she has collected double-digit home runs and at least 40 RBIs.

She has had back-to-back 50-RBI seasons.

This is the second straight year Craighton has made the All-Sun Belt first team.

Heading into the NCAA Tournament, she is currently batting .356 with 18 home runs.

Gremillion had one of the most heralded careers a St. Amant softball player has ever had as she earned first-team all-district and first-team All-State honors. She was the Gatorade Louisiana Softball Player of the Year during her senior season.

The school later retired her No. 22.

Like Landry, Gremillion worked her way into the starting lineup as her freshman season at UL-Lafayette progressed.

She has made strides in the past year, going from the Cajuns’ nine-hole hitter to batting leadoff in 2017.

Gremillion ended the regular season with only 10 strikeouts in 193 plate appearances and a streak of 40 straight games reaching base.

She is currently hitting .318 with 31 RBIs.

Gremillion and Craighton have led the Cajuns to a 45-6 record, Sun Belt championship and a trip to the Baton Rouge Regional.