BASEBALL / SOFTBALL | Holden’s Douglas Nets Outstanding Player As Four Lady Rockets Make LSWA All-State Team | latest news
The Holden softball team left Sulfur with the Class B Championship trophy, and it showed on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-State team.
Lady Rockets double threat Taylor Douglas was selected as the MVP, while teammates Gracie Duffy and Olivia Barnes were selected as the first team. Kacey Breithaupt was an honorable mention choice.
“I have a team full of amazing student-athletes, and landing three on the All-State team is just a testament to the hard work they put in day in and day out and that says a lot about our program “Holden said coach Linzey Bowers.
Douglas, a sophomore who was the All-Parish offensive player of the year, was 26-8 with 173 strikeouts while hitting 27 home runs with 61 RBIs and a .547 batting average. as the team’s first hitter.
“Something that we look at when we’re trying to decide who is All-Parish, who is All-Metros, can these kids compete with the best of the best? I challenge my team with the planning, ”Bowers said. “We played against all the best of the best teams. Taylor held on, and to have the numbers and display the numbers that she just told him about as an athlete. She on the mound, she’ll keep us in a ball game. She’s definitely going to keep us in a ball game with one bat. She’s a phenomenal athlete, and I say jokingly to everyone all the time but seriously enough, I’m glad she’s on our team. I’m glad I didn’t have to call against her. It gets better every day, and that’s what you want to see in your athletes. The good thing is that she still has two years in high school. I am excited for his future. I am excited about the future of our program, and these kids keep improving it.
Duffy, who was the MVP in the Class B title game, hit 0.466 with 11 homers, 14 doubles, three triples and 49 RBIs while hitting behind Douglas in the lineup.
“He’s another kid who (has) an amazing work ethic,” Bowers said. “She just puts her nose down and finds a way to improve. She is one of those kids who has earned every ounce of success she has. She’s naturally athletic and talented, but that doesn’t stop her from knowing she needs to keep working, and that’s exactly what she does. She has become a very great leader for us, which we lacked at the start of the season. She stepped out of her personality and did what the team needed. She also posted some impressive numbers, but even bigger than the stats she posted, she grew as a person, she grew as an athlete and she became the person the team needed.
“All season I’ve been debating putting Barnes in two holes because she was on base the whole time, but it’s just something about that 1-2 punch that it’s like.” oh, she (Douglas) hit him and she (Duffy) backed her up with a bomb, or (Douglas) just misses and Gracie comes up behind her and hits her, ”Bowers continued. “They did a really good job protecting each other in the lineup and giving us an offensive show.”
Barnes had a .918 shortstop defensive percentage while hitting .514 with 51 singles, three doubles, a triple, 22 RBIs and 12 steals.
“She was our main manager,” Bowers said of Barnes. “She has always led by example. Not a very vocal kid, one of the best people you can ever meet. Having a kid like that on your team gives you a lot of relief as a coach. This is the one you want on your team, and if you could train two Olivias, you have nothing to fear. She has always been this calm and consistent player. We knew when she was ready to hit, she would give us everything, and she was going to play, and when the ball was hit to her on defense, she was going to make the play. Often times she was overlooked because of the heavy hitters or pitchers in the game. stick, but she was just that constant player. I’ve had it since she was in eighth grade, and she’s improving year by year, so she deserves it. I love seeing her land on this All-State team and come out of her final year on a high. “
Breithaupt, who had a .900 defensive percentage on second base, reached .427 with 14 doubles, a triple and three homers with 34 RBIs and 12 steals.
“He’s a kid who comes straight to softball after the basketball season, and just being able to shift gears like that and activate on day one only speaks to the softball player that she is, ”Bowers said. “She stepped right into her starting point at the end of the basketball season and she found her power this season which was fun to watch. At the start of the season, I never would have expected her to be our three-hole hitter, but that’s where she’s hit every game throughout the year. She’s improved and she will be another player who will be extremely fun to watch and the athlete she will become over the next couple of years.
Richard Partridge of Anacoco was Softball Coach of the Year after guiding the No.9 Lady Indians to the Class B title game in his first year as a softball coach.
Anacoco’s Bailey Davis (.510, 42 RBIs), Fairview’s Rylee Cloud (.611, 11 HRs), Quitman’s Cali Deal (.500), Florien’s Lauren Dees (.454, 15 HRs) and Sarah McDaniel ( .387, 21 throwing wins), University Academy Brooklyn Gremillion (.395), Forest’s Brooke Ross (.529) (.529) and Katie Rios (.495, 9 HR), Converse’s Abby Rivera (. 581, 49 RBIs), Zwolle’s Summer Faust (.419, 16 throwing wins), Stanley’s Madison Holmes (.466), Pitkin’s Lauryn Longino (.423) and Choudrant’s Zoey Smith (.461) make up the rest. of the team.
On the baseball side, Holden’s Hunter Bordelon was an honorable selection after hitting .449 with a homerun, eight doubles, a triple, 25 RBIs and 29 steals for first place. He went 6-2 with 80 strikeouts, 14 walks and a 2.75 ERA on the mound.
“Hunter deserves all the accolades he can get,” said Holden coach Jonathan Thompson. “He’s all you can ask for from a player and he’s worked hard. He did everything the right way, and he will be missed, tremendously, tremendously. “
Braden Jones of Choudrant was named baseball’s MVP, going 13-1 with 136 strikeouts in 73 innings. He hit .350 with 33 RBIs.
Eric Richard of Monterey was Baseball Coach of the Year after leading Monterey No.20 to the Class B semifinals, where the Aggies surrendered an unearned run in a 1-0 loss to the eventual Choudrant champion.
Jones was joined in the boys’ squad by his Choudrant teammate Brandon Carter (5-0, 5 saves, 97 Ks), the Elizabeth duo made up of Alex Chamberlain (11-4, 106 Ks) and Jason Gormanous (. 495, 11 HRs, 44 RBI), Anacoco senior Landry Alligood (0.618, 8 HR, 36 RBI), Ethan Clark from Monterey (1.50 ERA, 108 Ks), Luke Johnson from Grace Christian (0.483, 9 HR, 51 RBI ), Luke Morgan of Quitman (0.481), Davis Tolar of Weston (0.351), Ethan West of Pitkin (1.94 ERA, 5 saves), Florien’s Gage Remedies (0.462, 41 RBIs), Sam Martin of Oak Hill ( 0.385), singer’s Tate Hess (1.60 ERA, 109 Ks), senior Glenmora Cory Nolen (0.382), senior Converse Matt Sessum (0.479) and Fairview’s Landon Strother (6-3, 1.12 ERA).
LSWA CLASS B ALL STATE TEAMS
School statistics of players
Taylor Douglas Holden So. .547
Gracie Duffy Holden So. .466
Bailey Davis, Anacoco Fr.. 510
Rylee Cloud Fairview Jr.. 611
Cali Quitman 8th case .500
Lauren Dees Florien Sr.. 454
Brooklyn Gremillion University Academy Sr.. 395
Brooke Ross Forest Sr.. 529
Abby Rivers Converse Sr.. 581
Summer Faust Zwolle Sr. 16-4
Madison Holmes Stanley Sr.. 466
Lauryn Longino Pitkin Sr.. 423
Katie Rios Forest Sr.. 495
Olivia Barnes Holden Sr.. 514
Sarah McDaniel Florien So. 21-6
Zoey Smith Choudrant 8th .462
EXCEPTIONAL PLAYER: TAYLOR DOUGLAS, HOLDEN
COACH OF THE YEAR: RICHARD PARTRIDG, ANACOCO
Honorable mention: Kacey Breithaupt, Holden; Madison Brymer, Quitman; Jordan Williams, saline solution; Lexi Normand, Doyline; Haley Nail, Castor; Victoria Parris, Converse; Abby Robinson, Pitkin; Kylee Johnson, Oak Hill; Mikayla Cashdollar, University Academy; Addy Bonsall, Bell City.
School statistics of players
Braden Jones, Choudrant Sr. 13-1
Brandon Carter Choudrant Sr. 5-0
Alex Chamberlain Elizabeth Sr. 11-4
Landry Alligood Anacoco Sr.. 618
Ethan Clark Monterey Sr. 1.50 ERA
Luke Johnson Grace Christian So. .483
Luke Morgan Quitman Jr.. 481
Davis Tolar Weston Jr.. 351
Ethan West Pitkin Sr. 1.94 ERA
Gage Remedies Florien Jr.. 462
Sam Martin Oak Hill Sr.. 385
Tate Hess Singer So. 1.60 ERA
Cory Nolen Glenmora Sr.. 382
Matt Sessum Converse Sr. 479
Jason Gormanous Elizabeth Jr.. 495
Landon Strother Fairview So. 6-3
EXCEPTIONAL PLAYER: BRADEN JONES, POWDERING
COACH OF THE YEAR: ERIC RICHARD, MONTEREY
Honorable mention: Luke Tassin, Choudrant: Joshua Smith, Quitman; Braydon Cedus, Oak Hill; Brett Jinks, Fairview; Laiken Odom, Elizabeth; Kill Coleman, Elizabeth; Drew Tebbe, Anacoco; Noah Spears, Doyline; Camron Brumfield, Mt. Hermon; Hunter Bordelon, Holden; Grayson Johnson, Bell City; Austin Tarpley, Zwolle; Ethan DeVanie, Grace Christian.