Deville, Davenport earn All-State honors

By: LANCE REED

Sports Editor

The Louisiana Sports Writers’ Association released the Class 2A All-State teams Tuesday. Both softball and baseball had individuals from Evangeline Parish. The area was fortunate enough to have two young ladies named to the softball team and three more received honorable mentions. In baseball, two members of the Pine Prairie Panthers received honorable mention.

Senior Alex Deville had a standout district season and she put on a show at the Class 2A State Tournament. Her performance in the quarter-finals against South Beauregard and in the semi-finals against Pope John Paul really set her apart from all of her competitors. She was honored by the sportswriters by being named a first team utility player. A shortstop, she completed the season with a .465 batting average. This was her fourth consecutive time making the Class 2A All-State team. She finished her season with three home runs and several doubles. She was among the team leaders in slugging percentage.

Sacred Heart sophomore Samantha Davenport was named to the All-State team as an infielder. She played shortstop for most of the year for the Lady Trojans. She posted a .371 batting average with two home runs and several stolen bases. She was among the team’s leaders in every offensive category. Davenport posted good numbers despite battling an arm injury throughout the season.

Three young ladies received an honorable mention. Senior Mamou pitcher Sadie Fontenot had a great year in the circle. She also hit .372 on the year for the Lady Demons. She helped to get the Lady Demons to the second round of the playoffs. Mamou sophomore Kristie Soileau had a very good year at shortstop for the Lady Demons. She batted .441 and had one of the highest slugging percentages on the team. Mamou Head Coach Kim Manuel is expecting big things from Soileau in the upcoming seasons. Pine Prairie’s senior catcher Kayla Johnson completed a brilliant high school career. She recently signed to play softball with Bossier Parish Community College. She had a brilliant career with three appearances on the Class 2A All-State team. Johnson ended her senior year with a trip to the Class 2A State Tournament. She hit several home runs during her senior year and had a couple during her junior year. She remained among the offensive leaders on her team.

Two members of the Pine Prairie Panthers were the recipients of an Honorable Mention. Bryant Firmin and Jonathan Fontenot each had great seasons for the Panthers. Fontenot ended the year with a .463 batting average, 16 RBIs and three home runs. He also led the team in doubles with 10. Firmin had a team-high batting average of .558 with nine doubles and four home runs. He scored 20 runs for the Panthers and drove in 18 runs.

It was a really good year for all of the baseball and softball teams. Congratulations go out to all of the athletes who were recognized by the LSWA.

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