Many parish softball players make All-State

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Dutchtown pitcher Ali McCoy was a first-team All-State selection. Photo by DKMoon Photography.

The All-State softball teams were released recently and as expected, Ascension parish was well-represented.

Overall, 10 area softball players made an All-State team. St. Amant had the most selections with four.

The Lady Gators had another stellar year as they went undefeated throughout the regular season en route to taking home another district title.

They made the LHSAA Fast Pitch 56 and reached the state semifinals before losing to eventual champion Sam Houston.

Kara Gremillion was a first-team selection for St. Amant as she hit .584 during the season with six home runs and 36 RBIs.

The UL-Lafayette signee has also won District 5-5A Co-MVP, female Athlete of the Year and Gatorade Louisiana Softball Player of the Year during this offseason.

Her sister Kourtney also made the All-State first team from the infield. She hit .540 with nine home runs and 39 RBIs during the year.

The Lady Gators' final first-team selection was pitcher Gabby Sharp. Sharp was dominant from the circle as she went a perfect 24-0 before dropping the semifinal game to Sam Houston.

St. Amant's final All-State selection came from catcher Taylor Trabeaux as she was named honorable mention.

Dutchtown had two players make All-State, and head coach Nancy Ensminger was named the state's Coach of the Year.

Ensminger helped lead the Lady Griffins to an incredible run to the state title game, where they fell, 3-1, to Sam Houston.

Pitcher Ali McCoy was Dutchtown's lone first-team selection as she went 26-9 from the circle with a 1.75 ERA.

Catcher and East Central Community College signee Bria White was named honorable mention. White hit .340 with 23 RBIs.

East Ascension had an impressive run as well. For Dutchtown to reach the state title game, they were forced to beat the Lady Spartans in the semifinals.

The catalyst for East Ascension's run was pitcher and District 5-5A Co-MVP Jessie Watts. The UL-Monroe commit made first-team All-State as a utility player as she hit .483 from the plate and went 23-8 from the circle.

Teammate and LSU commit Claire Weinberger also earned a spot on the All-State first team. She hit .582 throughout the season.

When it came to the Class 1A All-State team, Ascension Catholic had two players represented.

The Lady Bulldogs had another tremendous season. After finishing as state runner-ups last year, they went 18-3 this season, won their district and reached the state quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Central Catholic.

Leading the charge all season for Ascension Catholic was their ace Julia Beck. Beck made first-team All-State as she went 19-3 with a stingy 1.23 ERA. She was also named District 8-1A MVP.

Along with Beck, Rae'Shawn Melancon was named to the first team as a utility player. Melancon hit .439 this season with five home runs and 30 RBIs.