Parish softball players of the decade

Kyle Riviere
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Unfortunately, the Coronavirus pandemic cancelled the second half of the high-school softball season, not allowing the parish’s best players to finish what they started

With no games being played, it prompts us to look to the past and reflect on all of the great parish players that had memorable careers.

By the time the next softball season begins, it will be a new decade. Here is a look back at some of the best Ascension softball players of this decade, years 2010-2020.

It’s no surprise that St. Amant had so many special players over the years. In this decade, they made five state semifinal appearances and won a state title in 2019.

Kara Gremillion was so good at St. Amant that they retired her jersey soon after she graduated.

Gremillion was an All-American with the Lady Gators and helped lead St. Amant to the semifinals in two or her final three years there. In her senior season, he hit .548 with 38 RBIs.

She went on to be a four-year starter and three-time All-Sun Belt player at UL-Lafayette.

Her younger sister Kourtney was a starter on the 2015 St. Amant team that reached the semifinals.

She had a monster year in 2016 as a senior—hitting .602 with 13 home runs and 62 RBIs. That was enough to earn her All-American honors.

Kourtney went on to start at UL-Lafayette, where she made All-Sun Belt two years in a row.

Another starter on that 2015 semifinal team was Taylor Tidwell. Tidwell started all four years at St. Amant.

As a senior, she broke the school’s season-season home run record with 17. She also hit .598 with 53 RBIs. It led to her being named an All-American.

Tidwell went on to sign with LSU. As a sophomore this past season, Tidwell started 17 games and was hitting .351 with 14 RBIs and three home runs. Unfortunately, the season was cut short due to the virus.

Madison Edmonston was an all-district player that hit nearly .600 her senior season at St. Amant. She helped lead the Lady Gators to the semifinals in both 2012 and 2013.

She went on to have two huge seasons at LSU-Eunice. She then transferred to Southeastern, where she was an all-conference player.

Another player in the parish to have her jersey retired was Bailey Landry.

Landry helped lead East Ascension to the state semifinals in 2011. As a senior in 2013, she was named an All-American.

Landry went on to play at LSU, where she now holds school records for longest hitting streak (21 games), most hits in a season (92) and all-time hits (291).

She also played professionally.

Jessie Watts was her teammate at East Ascension. She was a four-year starter that helped lead the Lady Spartans to the semifinals in 2015.

As a senior in 2016, she was named the district’s Co-MVP.

Watts went on to play at UL-Monroe. Before the season was cancelled, she had started all 24 games and was hitting .355 with 19 RBIs as a senior.

Claire Weinberger was also a four-year starter at East Ascension, and she was also on the 2015 semifinal squad.

Weinberger was first-team All-State as a senior, hitting .582.

She went on to play at LSU for four years. This past season as a senior, she had started four games.

Aleah Creighton was a first-team All-State performer for Dutchtown in 2013. She was the team’s best hitter and best pitcher.

Creighton went on to play at UL-Lafayette, where she was a two-time All-Sun Belt performer.

Ali McCoy was a four-year starter at Dutchtown. She helped lead the Lady Griffins to the state title game in 2015.

As a senior in 2016, McCoy was named the Co-MVP of the district.

She went on to play at Southeastern. Before the rest of 2020 was cancelled, she had started 21 games and was hitting .321.

Alayna Falcon was a big-time player for Ascension Catholic. As a senior in 2011, she was first-team All-State and the district’s MVP.

Falcon went on to play four years at LSU. As a senior, she made eight starts.