Parish products crowd LSCA All-State team
Ascension Parish once again proved to be one of the biggest hotbeds of softball talent when the Louisiana Softball Coaches Association released their All-State team.
Overall, 12 of the parish's standouts were selected. Dutchtown, St. Amant, East Ascension and Ascension Catholic each had three players make the team.
Dutchtown had a memorable season that saw them reach the state title game. The Lady Griffins put up a tremendous effort against Sam Houston, but eventually relinquished a 1-0 lead to fall, 3-1.
The catalyst for many of their victories on the road to finishing as the state runner-up was pitcher Ali McCoy.
McCoy went 26-9 with a 1.77 ERA. It was good enough to land her on the LSCA All-State team.
Her catcher and East Central Community College signee Bria White also made the team. White hit .340 with 23 RBIs this season.
Infielder Hope Vezinat was the final Lady Griffin selected. The LSU-Eunice signee hit .339 with 27 RBIs in 2015.
St. Amant looked to be one of the clear favorites for the state title this year as they went undefeated during the regular season and made a run to the state semifinals.
However, their season ended earlier than expected when they dropped a close 3-1 contest to eventual champion Sam Houston.
Infielder Kara Gremillion was the driving force behind the Lady Gators' run to the LHSAA Fast Pitch 56 in Sulphur. Not only was she named the female Athlete of the Year, but she was also honored as the Gatorade Louisiana Softball Player of the Year.
The UL-Lafayette signee hit a gaudy .584 with six home runs and 36 RBIs.
Her sister Kourtney also made the LSCA All-State team as a utility player. She provided the Lady Gators with plenty of power from the plate as she hit .540 with nine homers and 39 RBIs.
From the circle, the Lady Gators were perfect for all but one game this season. That perfection was achieved on the arm of All-State pitcher Gabby Sharp as she went 24-1 with a 1.75 ERA.
Another top-tier pitcher was UL-Monroe commit Jessie Watts. The junior hurler went 23-8 this season with 173 strikeouts as she helped East Ascension make a run to the state semifinals.
In addition to making the All-State team, Watts was also named District 5-5A Co-MVP along with St. Amant's Kara Gremillion.
Joining Watts on the All-State team was teammate Claire Weinberger. The infielder hit .582 this year with 28 RBIs. She is an LSU commit.
Outfielder Verlencia Jackson was the final Lady Spartan to make the team.
While those three teams filled the 5A All-State team, Ascension Catholic was well-represented on the Class 1A squad.
The Lady Bulldogs had another successful season as they made a run to the state quarterfinals, where they lost to eventual champion Central Catholic.
In a parish known for its dominant pitching, Julia Beck firmly established herself as one of Ascension's greatest talents.
Beck made the All-State team on the strength of an 18-3 record and 1.23 ERA. She was also named District 8-1A MVP.
Ascension Catholic placed two of their outfielders on the team – Rae'Shaun Melancon and Aimee Prejeant. Melancon hit .439 with 30 RBIs this season.