Parish baseball players make all-district

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
St. Amant pitcher and LSU commit Blayne Enlow was named District 5-5A Co-MVP. Photo by DKMoon Photography.

Ascension Parish is known for its success from the diamond, so it’s no surprise that the 2016 All-District 5-5A and All-District 6-1A baseball teams were filled with parish players.

All four schools from the Gonzales area made the playoffs this past season.

The most successful team was St. Amant. The Gators had an up-and-down regular season—finishing 16-12. They did most of their damage in league play as they finished as runners-up with a 5-3 record.

Once in the playoffs, St. Amant got hot. In the first round, they hit the road for a matchup with ninth-seeded Sam Houston. They dominated the Broncos, 10-3.

They kept the momentum going in the second round as they upset eighth-seeded Brother Martin in a best-of-three series. That pushed them through to the quarterfinals for the third time in four years. There, they fell to top-seeded and eventual state champion Barbe.

After such a great run, their ace and LSU commit Blayne Enlow was named District 5-5A’s Co-MVP, along with Catholic’s Josh Smith—who is also LSU bound.

Senior infielder and Florida International signee Adam Sevario was a first-team selection, along with junior Ivan Prejean.

From the outfield, sophomore Zane Zeppuhar was the Gators’ final first-team player.

Pitchers Tyler Tidwell and Jacob Spell both made the second team, along with infielder Davin Cummings.

Dutchtown actually had the most all-district selections of the four teams with eight.

The Griffins had a successful season that saw them finish 17-12 and reach the first round of the playoffs, but they lost a tough 2-1 contest against Acadiana in the opening round.

Their two Northwestern State signees, Caleb Ricca and Payton Stafford, were both first-team all-district selections from the infield.

First-year starter Ethan Baldwin was a first-team selection at catcher.

From the outfield, senior Cullen Ballard made the first team, along with senior utility player Dane Anderson.

Junior pitcher Cade Blanchard was a second-team selection, along with utility players Connor Tregre and Dustin Decoteau.

Despite having a young and inexperience roster, East Ascension saw plenty of success in 2016. The Spartans finished the regular season 14-14 and clinched a berth in the playoffs. Once there, they were beaten by district foe and eventual state semifinalist Catholic.

East Ascension ace and recent Southern signee Austin McInnis was a first-team all-district selection. Catcher Jake Thompson also made the first team.

From the outfield, first-year starter Ryan Williams was the Spartans’ final first-team selection.

Senior infielder Brandt Fairchild made the second team, along with outfielders Noah Fontenot and Reese Hebert and utility player Gage Bourgeois.

In 1A, a young Ascension Christian Lion squad took a step forward in 2016 as they finished the regular season with an impressive 17-7 record and made the postseason. Unfortunately for the Lions, they were upset by St. Edmund, 5-4, in the opening round.

That didn’t stop Ascension Christian from having seven players make the All-District 6-1A team.

Sophomore ace Josh Diez was a first-team selection.

Both outfielder Kvon Delore and utility player Peyton Bahlinger joined him on the first team.

Pitcher Nick Montalbano made the second team, along with infielder Josh Poirrier, outfielder Brendan Tramonte and utility player Mason Braud.