Citizen releases All-Parish baseball team
After an eventful baseball season that saw five of the six Ascension high-school teams make the playoffs, the Weekly Citizen has released its All-Parish team.
Ascension Catholic had the best season as they reached the state semifinals, before losing to top-seed Central Catholic in an 11-inning thriller.
Their district counterpart, Ascension Christian finished the season as runner-up in District 6-1A and won their first playoff game in school history.
Dutchtown went 21-13 during the regular season, but they were eliminated in the opening round of the playoffs after an eight-inning barn-burner with Ouachita Parish.
East Ascension also had their year ended in the first round. The Spartans finished the regular season 17-17, but they were eliminated by 11th-seeded New Iberia.
St. Amant had the most success of the three 5A teams.
The Gators finished the regular season tied with Dutchtown for second place in District 5-5A. Once in the playoffs, they upset No. 14 Ruston on the road in the opening round.
They were eventually eliminated by third-seeded Sam Houston in regionals.
Here is the 2017 All-Parish baseball team:
All-Parish First Team:
P - Blayne Enlow (St. Amant)
P - Landon Clifton (Ascension Catholic)
C - Jacob Thompson (East Ascension)
IF - Nick Bellina (Ascension Catholic)
IF - Cameron Crawford (Dutchtown)
IF - Larson Fontenot (St. Amant)
IF - Jack Merrifield (Dutchtown)
OF - Zach Johnson (Dutchtown)
OF - Zane Zeppuhar (St. Amant)
OF - Mason Zeringue (Ascension Catholic)
UTL - Noah Fontenot (East Ascension)
UTL - Peyton Bahlinger (Ascension Christian)
All-Parish Second Team:
P - Austin Bankert (Dutchtown)
P - Nic Montalbano (Ascension Christian)
C - Reid Bouchereau (Dutchtown)
IF - Cameron Sibley (Dutchtown)
IF - Joseph Stevens (East Ascension)
IF - Ivan Prejean (St. Amant)
IF - Ross Ponville (Ascension Catholic)
OF - Sammy Waguespack (Dutchtown)
OF - Rodney Blanchard (Ascension Catholic)
OF - Ryan Williams (East Ascension)
UTL - Reese Hebert (East Ascension)
UTL - Landon Ortego (Ascension Christian)
Pitcher of the Year - Blayne Enlow (St. Amant)
MVP - Nick Bellina (Ascension Catholic)
Coach of the Year - Todd Landry (Ascension Catholic)