Dunn, Meche top All-Parish squad
By Chris Quebedeaux
CROWLEY – It was a changing of the guard in District 5-AAA softball in 2009.
Rayne’s Lady Wolves, having played second fiddle to Notre Dame’s Lady Pioneers during most of decade, turned the tables on their intra-parish rivals this year, winning the league and ending the defending champions’ reign.
Led by first-year head coach Deserea Dunn, the Lady Wolves split the regular season series with the Lady Pios to claim what would have been a share of the 5-AAA title. But Notre Dame pushed for a tie-breaker game at the end of the regular season and Dunn, who was content with sharing the league title, gave in and agreed to play the Lady Pios in what would decide the 5-AAA championship.
That decision paid huge dividends for the Lady Wolves, who wound up upending the Lady Pios, 13-6, to claim the title.
For their efforts, the Lady Wolves nailed down six spots on the Crowley Post-Signal All-Acadia Parish squad, including Coach of the Year (Dunn) and Most Valuable Player (Mareil Meche).
Dunn guided Rayne to a 20-9 record in 2009 and a second-round playoff appearance. The Lady Wolves beat Ursuline, 8-0, in the opening round of the Class AAA playoffs before falling to Westlake (6-1) in the regional round.
Meche played a major role in the Lady Wolves’ success, compiling a 17-6 record on the mound during her sophomore campaign. She gave up 56 runs (21 earned) and stuck out 106 batters while logging a 1.12 earned run average in 131 innings pitched.
Joining Meche on the squad are teammates Shandi Deville, Kaitlin Thibodeaux, Tori Mott and Kelsey Hollier.
Deville made the team at second base after hitting .303 on the year with two doubles and seven RBI while Thibodeaux, a third baseman, hit .424 with 10 doubles, three triples, one home run and 25 RBI.
Mott and Hollier both made the team as utility players.
Mott, an outfielder for the Lady Wolves, hit .283 with one RBI while Hollier, a shortstop, hit .462 with 10 doubles, two triples, one home run and 16 RBI.
Notre Dame’s Amelia Lavergne, Iota’s Lauren LeJeune and Church Point’s Amai Lyons join Meche as the other pitchers making the team.
Lavergne posted a record of 10-9 with a 2.03 ERA. She struck out 41 batters in 103 innings.
LeJeune was Iota’s workhorse on the mound, logging 120 innings and 12 victories during her junior season. She finished the year with an earned run average of 1.25 and struck out 119 batters.
Lyons recorded five victories and struck out 23 in 75 innings.
Notre Dame’s Meranda Leblanc is the team’s catcher with eight doubles, one triple and 21 RBI to go along with a .303 average.
Crowley first baseman Mandy Burke and Notre Dame shortstop Taylor Simon round out the unit’s infield.
Burke had a breakout season for the CHS Ladies, hitting .327 with two doubles, one triple and six RBI.
Simon was the Lady Pios’ leader in nearly every offensive category, hitting .465 with eight doubles, four triples, two home runs and 31 RBI. She also stole 21 bases in 22 attempts.
Notre Dame’s Alex Boulet and Hannah Miller snagged the final two spots in the outfield.
Boulet, a junior center fielder, hit .389 with one double, three triples and 13 RBI from the leadoff spot. She led the team in stolen bases with 24 thefts in as many attempts.
Miller, a sophomore, hit .365 with one double, two triples, and 22 RBI.
Making the team as utility players are Notre Dame’s Anna Brown, Crowley’s Celes Weekely and Iota’s Carlie Thevis.
Brown hit .257 with two triples, two home runs and 20 RBI while Weekley hit .322 with two doubles and three RBI. Thevis, a senior left fielder, hit .423 with two triples.
Earning honorable mention status are Notre Dame’s Hannah Godeaux; Crowley’s Amy Abshire; Iota’s Celina Bobbett; Rayne’s Julie Boutin and Church Point’s Destinee Calais.