Parish players fill All-District 5-5A softball team

Kyle Riviere
St. Amant's Taylor Tidwell was named the District 5-5A MVP after hitting 17 home runs in 2018. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

The 2018 district season went just as the past six seasons have gone: with St. Amant taking home the district crown.

Still, even with the Gators’ renewed dominance, District 5-5A saw terrific performances from two young and growing squads in Dutchtown and East Ascension.

All three parish teams made the playoffs, and two won playoff games. Due to these accomplishments, each squad fielded many players on the All-District 5-5A softball team.

Dutchtown actually had the most selections with 12.

The Lady Griffins faced their share of obstacles throughout the season. With a young team chocked full of freshmen and sophomores, Dutchtown had to navigate through a very difficult schedule.

The Lady Griffins went 15-16 during the regular season and reached the playoffs, but they were beaten by St. Amant in the opening round.

Dutchtown’s two senior leaders, infielder Hannah Martin and outfielder Baylee Bourgeois, both made the first team.

Joining them as a utility player was junior Skylar Boyd.

Finally, two talented sophomores made the first team for Dutchtown in pitcher Erin Hardy and catcher Paige Patterson.

The second team was all about underclassmen for the Lady Griffins, as four of their five selections were freshmen and sophomores.

Making the second unit were freshmen pitcher Mckenna Rarick and outfielder Anna Jones and sophomore pitcher Carly Turner and infielder Camille Dawsey.

The lone senior on the second team was designated player Denae Lowe.

The Lady Griffins’ honorable mention selections were freshman Kassidy Hood and junior Kaylee Sharpe.

St. Amant finished the district schedule undefeated for a sixth straight season, en route to claiming another district title.

The Lady Gators went 29-2 during the regular season and entered the playoffs on a 16-game winning streak.

Although, in the second round, they were upset by West Monroe, ending a streak of six straight trips so Sulphur.

Leading the charge for St. Amant was LSU signee Taylor Tidwell as she hit a school record 17 home runs this season. This led to her being named the District 5-5A MVP.

From the circle, they were led by sophomore Alyssa Romano, who won 28 games.

“She got thrown in as a freshman, and she took her hits, but she still led us to the quarterfinals with a ton of run support,” head coach Amy Pitre said. “This year, we won some low-scoring games where she didn’t get the run support. She handled her business in the circle.”

Her older sister Brooke was a first-team selection from the infield, as was fellow senior Dionne Templet.

From the outfield, seniors Jadyn Rumfellow and Madison Hurt were each first-team selections.

Their final first-teamers were designated player Madison Marchand and UL-Monroe signee Kennedy Page.

Juniors Chandler Guedry and Kelsi Martine were both second-team selections, and sophomore Rylee Rossi was honorable mention.

For the second straight season, Pitre was named the District 5-5A Coach of the Year.

East Ascension took a huge step forward in their second season under head coach Katie Ocmand.

The Lady Spartans improved from 9-22 to 18-11 and made a return to the playoffs, where they pulled off a first-round upset over Pineville, crushing the Lady Rebels by a score of 18-5.

They were eventually eliminated in the second round by second-seeded Hahnville.

East Ascension had four players make the first team, three of which are juniors. These three were catcher Brynnen Gautreau, infielder Rachel Ducote and utility player Erin Nicol.

The lone senior first-team selection was utility player Grace Bagwell.

Two talented freshmen made the second team for East Ascension. These players were infielder Rebecca Burke and outfielder Jada Goodlow.

Finally, seniors Meagan Ross and Preslee Truax each made honorable mention.