Parish dominates all-district softball team

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
East Ascension pitcher and UL-Monroe commit Jessie Watts was named District 5-5A Co-MVP. Photo by DKMoon Photography.

Ascension dominated 5A softball this season with three of the four state semifinal teams being from the parish. That domination carried over to the All-District 5-5A team.

Between the three teams of St. Amant, Dutchtown and East Ascension, there were an amazing 31 players that made the team.

As expected, St. Amant had the most first-team selections with seven and the most overall players with 11.

The Lady Gators once again won the district championship by going perfect in league play. In fact, St. Amant went perfect throughout the regular season.

They made an undefeated run all the way to the LHSAA Fast Pitch 56. In the semifinals, they were then dealt their first defeat of the year as they fell, 3-1, to eventual state champion Sam Houston.

Head coach Scott Nielson was named the district's Coach of the Year, and Kara Gremillion was named the district's Co-MVP.

The UL-Lafayette signee hit .584 during the season and is fresh off of being named female Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row.

Joining Gremillion on the all-district first team was pitcher Gabby Sharp. Sharp went 23-0 before losing in the semifinals.

Catcher Taylor Trabeaux made the first team along with Kara Gremillion's younger sister Kourtney from the infield.

Abby McKey made the first team from the outfield, and Pamela Carbo and Taylor Tidwell were both first-team selections as utility players.

Jadyn Rumfellow was the final first-teamer as a designated hitter.

Outfielder McKenzie King was St. Amant's lone second-team selection.

Bailey Borderlon, Tori Kern and Rylee Langlois were all honorable mention.

Dutchtown may not have gotten all of the pub that St. Amant received throughout the year, but the Lady Griffins had the most successful year of any Ascension school--softball or baseball.

After going 22-8 during the regular season, the Lady Griffins caught fire and made a memorable run to the state title game. They actually led Sam Houston, 1-0, late, but the Lady Broncos fought back and won the game, 3-1.

The state runner-ups finished with four first-team selections, and 10 players made the all-district team overall.

Ace Ali McCoy was a first-team selection at pitcher, and East Central Community College signee Bria White made the first team as a catcher.

LSU-Eunice signee Hope Vezinat was a first-team selection from the infield while utility player Bailey Gilleon was their final first-teamer.

Royelle Cobb made the second team from the outfield; she was joined by utility player Blayne Pence.

Baylee Bourgeois, Katie Cloud, Taylor Heck and Rachel Newcomer were all named honorable mention.

For Dutchtown to make a run to the state title game, they had to get through district and parish foe East Ascension first.

The Lady Spartans had a tremendous season as they went 20-7 during the regular season and then made an impressive run to the state semifinals before losing a tough 4-2 decision to the Lady Griffins.

Three East Ascension players made the district's first team while 10 players in all made the squad.

Their ace and UL-Monroe commit Jessie Watts joined Kara Gremillion as the district's Co-MVP.

Infielder and LSU commit Claire Weinberger joined Watts on the first team along with outfielder Verlencia Jackson.

Catcher MacKenzie Andrews made the second team. She was joined by outfielder Taja Landry and designated hitter Callie Sholmire.

Brea Aikens, Abby Anderson and Abby Gautreau were all honorable-mention selections