High praise

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
St. Amant's Kara Gremillion was named All-Metro MVP after batting .548 with six homers and 38 RBIs. Photo by Dewey Keller.

More All-Metro honors were bestowed upon Ascension parish recently as the parish's softball players garnered countless selections for the two squads.

When it came to the 5A-4A team, St. Amant had the most selections with nine.

Leading the bunch was Kara Gremillion--who was named All-Metro MVP.

The junior ULL commit had a huge year that saw her bat a blistering .548 with six home runs and 38 RBIs as she helped the Lady Gators go 30-3, earn the top seed in the state and reach the state quarterfinals.

Before she was ever named All-Metro MVP, she was named District 5-5A MVP, first-team All-State and the Baton Rouge area's Female Athlete of the Year.

Many of her teammates joined her on the All-Metro squad--including pitcher Skylar Cook. The Pearl River Community College signee went 21-3 during the year with an impressive ERA of 1.71 and 133 strikeouts.

She was also a first-team all-district and All-State selection.

Northwest Florida State signee Ali DeLany made the first team from the infield. DeLany batted .471 with 42 RBIs this season and made the district's first team.

LSU-Eunice signee Madison Edmonston was also on the All-Metro first team as she led St. Amant with a ridiculous .552 batting average and an additional 34 RBIs. She was also first-team all-district

Her future LSU-E teammate Jordan Hartman was also All-Metro first team as she batted .457 with 30 RBIs. Hartman was also first-team all-district.

Two more LSU-E signees in Jaci Lavigne and Kayla Braud were second-team All-Metro selections. Both were first-team all-district players.

Catcher Carlie Whittington was another second-team All-Metro selection along with Rachel Gautreaux. Like the rest of the Lady Gators on the All-Metro squad, they were first-team all-district players.

Dutchtown came through with six players on the All-Metro list.

Catcher Jessica Crum helped lead the Lady Griffins to a second-place finish in the district, 21 wins and yet another playoff appearance.

Crum had to battle intentional walks all season, but she still managed to bat .424 with nine homers and 40 RBIs.

She was a first-team All-Metro and all-district selection, and she was named honorable mention All-State.

Her only teammate that joined her on the All-Metro first team was infielder Hope Vezinat. Vezinat batted .356 this year with 16 RBIs.

She was also a first-team all-district player.

On the All-Metro second team, pitcher Ali McCoy, outfielders Royelle Cobb and Bria White and utility player Bailey Gilleon all found their place. All four players were first-team all-district selections.

East Ascension landed three players on the All-Metro first team.

Sophomore pitcher Jessie Watts made the squad as she compiled a 24-9 record that included a no-hitter during the regular season and a one-hitter against Destrehan in the playoffs.

Watts helped lead the Lady Spartans to the state quarterfinals--where they lost to eventual state champion Ouachita Parish.

She was also named first-team all-district and honorable mention All-State.

LSU-E signee Carmisha Payton joined Watts on the All-Metro first team. She batted .491 this year with eight home runs and 54 RBIs en route to being named first-team all-district and All-State.

Finally, sophomore LSU commit Claire Weinberger made the first team with her stout .495 batting average. Weinberger also made first-team all-district.

Finally, two Ascension Catholic players made the 3A and below All-Metro squad.

Both pitcher Julia Beck and utility player Raeshaun Malancon were first-team selections.

Beck went 22-6 during the year and compiled 266 strikeouts. Malancon batted .387 with a booming 11 home runs and 41 RBIs.

Each player was instrumental in leading the Lady Bulldogs to the state title game in Sulphur--where they lost to Cedar Creek