Brown, Daigle named to AAA All-State
CROWLEY – Although the 2008 prep softball season has come and gone, honors continue to roll in for two local standouts.
Notre Dame’s Kelsey Brown and Rayne High’s Reagan Daigle joined an elite group of players recently when the Louisiana Sports Writers Association released its Class AAA All-State team.
Brown, a senior third baseman, made the team for the second straight year after helping lead the Lady Pios to a perfect 8-0 record in District 5-AAA play and a berth in the Fast Pitch 56 state tournament for the first time since 2004.
On the year, Brown posted MVP like numbers in leading the Lady Pios in nearly every offensive category. Her batting average of .513 was tops on the team as were her 42 runs driven in. She also paced the Lady Pios in home runs with six and was tied for the team lead in doubles with five and triples with three.
Brown’s slugging percentage of .875 and on-base percentage of .537 are also tops on the team.
Daigle, a senior outfielder, helped lead Rayne to one of its best finishes in recent history at 17-11. The Lady Wolves placed second in league play behind Notre Dame and advanced to the second round of the playoffs before falling to eventual state champion St. Charles, 4-1.
Daigle hit for an average of .478 this season with three doubles, two triples and three home runs. She also drove in 14 runs and stole 38 bases.
Notre Dame’s Alex Boulet, Crowley’s Loralyn Huval and Rayne’s Lindsey Soileaux made the team as honorable mentions.
Boulet hit .444 on the year with one doubles and nine RBI. The speedy sophomore centerfielder also swiped 20 bases.
Huval, a senior centerfielder for the Ladies, hit .565 in district play and .425 overall. The Alabama Southern signee collected three doubles, two triples and three home runs while driving in 14 runs. She also stole 11 bases.
Soileaux, the District 5-AAA MVP, hit for an average of .519 in league play while boasting an overall average of .408. The senior third baseman finished the year with 14 doubles, four triples and one home run while driving in 30 runs. She also posted a record of 2-1 on the mound.
Kaplan second baseman Courtney Hollier finished off a stellar career in style with her best individual season in earning this year’s MVP honor.
After winning the state title as a sophomore, Hollier lost in the finals as a junior.
As a senior, Hollier’s Lady Pirates were ousted in the semifinals by Parkview, but that hardly overshadowed he spectacular individual campaign. The LSU signee hit .500 with 20 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 40 RBI.
Hollier was one of three Kaplan players on the All-State team, joining pitcher Lanie Hollier (25-8, 0.83 ERA, 266 strikeouts, 203 innings pitched) and third baseman Devan Greene (.440, two home runs, 30 RBI) as a utility member.
St. Charles coach Ty Monica earned state Coach of the Year honors after getting the Lady Comets over the hump with a 27-6 record and the program’s second state title. In the previous three seasons, St. Charles lost in the state semifinals and twice in the state finals.
This time around, Monica led St. Charles to a 2-1 win over Parkview Baptist to nail down the elusive state crown as well as Coach of the Year recognition.
Monica was joined on the team by two of his players in pitcher Courtney Western (16-4, 0.81 ERA, 163 strikeouts, 130 innings pitched, .440 batting average) and catcher Lauren Coniglio (.284, three home runs).