Four parish softball players make All-State team
Ascension Parish saw many terrific performances from their softball players throughout the 2017 season, but only four performances were good enough to warrant All-State honors.
Recently, the Louisiana Sports Writers Association released their All-State softball team. Two players from both St. Amant and Ascension Catholic made the squad.
The St. Amant Lady Gators had another spectacular season under first-year head coach Amy Pitre.
After a 2-3 start to the year, the Lady Gators caught fire. They ended up winning 21 of their final 22 games. This included a 16-game winning streak to end the regular season.
They finished with an overall record of 23-4, en route to another district championship.
St. Amant absolutely dominated District 5-5A, going undefeated and winning the 10 games by a ridiculous average margin of 17-1.
In the playoffs, St. Amant won their first two playoff games by a combined score of 25-1 to reach Sulphur for the state tournament.
There, the third-seeded Lady Gators were upset by Live Oak, after squandering a 4-1 advantage.
St. Amant was young in the circle. Starting pitcher Alyssa Romano was only a freshman.
While she adapted to being the ace, the Lady Gator offense had to carry a lot of the weight early on, and they did just that.
Coach Pitre said that once their bats got going, the whole team got going.
Two of their most dangerous hitters were senior outfielder Abby McKey and junior LSU commit Taylor Tidwell. Both players were first-team All-State selections.
McKey hit a sensational .557 with 11 home runs and 48 RBIs as she was named District 5-5A MVP and Parish MVP.
Tidwell hit .393 for the season with eight homers and 44 RBIs. The shortstop was first-team all-district and All-Parish.
St. Amant wasn’t the only parish team to make it to Sulphur. Ascension Catholic made it there for the fifth straight season.
Despite losing two All-State players in pitcher Julia Beck and outfielder Rae’Shaun Melancon, the Lady Bulldogs were still able to go undefeated in District 6-1A and win another district championship.
Ascension Catholic was led by a familiar face this season as three-time state champion Don Henry returned to coach the program after the departure of Brandi Manry.
Though they played a brutal schedule, Henry guided the team to a 14-11 record during the regular season.
In the Division IV playoffs, they rolled past St. Edmund in the opening round to earn yet another trip to the state tournament in Sulphur.
There, their season was ended by top-seeded Vermillion Catholic in the quarterfinals.
Two Lady Bulldogs made the LSWA’s Class 1A All-State squad.
Catcher Ceilly Grisaffe made the team after hitting .538 during the season.
The sophomore was also named District 6-1A’s Co-MVP, and she was a second-team All-Parish selection.
Teammate Isabelle Abadie also earned first-team All-State honors after hitting .373 for the season.
The infielder was a first-team all-district selection, and she made second-team All-Parish.