Iota lands three on 5-2A All-District softball team

CROWLEY – Losing your starting pitcher before the season even begins can be a devastating blow for any team, especially a young one like the 2013 Iota Lady Bulldogs.

But that was the hand dealt to the Lady Dogs this past spring when an injury sidelined ace Abigail Leonards for the entire season.

And the adversity the Lady Dogs faced didn’t stop there.

All-state catcher McKenzie Armand was forced to move from behind the plate to shortstop due to another injury and the Lady Dogs had to totally revamp their infield.

Add to the fact that their lineup for the 2013 season included five freshmen and three sophomores and it spelled potential trouble for the Lady Dogs.

In the end, however, the Lady Dogs rose above all those obstacles, battling through a difficult district slate and managing to go 5-5 in league play en route to earning the No. 30 seed in the Class 2A playoffs.

The Lady Dogs finished the 2013 slate with a 13-15 record after falling just short to No. 3 seed Evangel, 7-5, in the opening round of the playoffs.

For their efforts, the Lady Dogs landed three players on the 5-2A All-District team that was recently released by the league’s coaches.

Armand made the team for the second straight year while Sarah Johnson and Cameron Crochet also earned honors.

Armand, a sophomore, put up impressive numbers once again despite her knee injury. She led the league with a batting average of .667 and had seven doubles, two triples, two home runs and 14 RBI in district play despite being walked nine times.

Her overall stats were even more impressive. Her average was a little lower (.633) but she had 20 doubles, five triples, four home runs and 39 RBI in 28 games. She was also walked 19 times and scored 35 runs.

Johnson, a freshman utility player, made the team as a pitcher after going 3-3 in league play with one save. She logged 19 strikeouts in her district outings and walked just four.

Johnson was also a force at the plate. She hit .500 with seven doubles and 12 RBI while also racking up six stolen bases.

Crochet, a freshman third baseman/pitcher, was named to the team as a utility player. She had a 2.77 earned run average with 16 strikeouts in two games on the mound and also had a .406 average at the plate with two doubles and five RBI.

Pine Prairie finished 9-1 in league play to claim the league title and, in doing so, the Lady Panthers nailed down the top two spots on the All-District squad. Pitcher Alexis Hammond was named the Most Valuable Player and Carolyn DeVille was honored as the Coach of the Year.

Hammond and Johnson are joined on the team at pitcher by Oakdale’s Hannah Welch and Mamou’s Amber Manuel.

Joining Armand on the infield is Pine Prairie catcher Kayla Johnson and Mamou’s Emily Vidrine at first base, Kelsie Guillory at second base and Logan Thomas at third base.

The outfield consists of Oakdale’s Tristan Martin, Pine Prairie’s Paige DeVille and Mamou’s Alanah Komorowski.

Utility players earning first team honors are Crochet, Bunkie’s Alicia Ducote and Pine Prairie’s Olivia West, Alyssa Jackson and Shanina Boutte.

Iota freshman Lauren Miller was tabbed to the second team at first base and sophomore Sydney Hebert made it in the outfield.

Mamou’s Maggie Soileaux was the lone pitcher selected to the second team at pitcher.

Oakdale’s Kristyn Pelt and Bunkie’s Claire Alleman made the team at catcher, Oakdale’s Amanda Rollins is listed at second base, Bunkie’s Annie Gremillon and Pine Prairie’s Reagan Reed made it at third base and Bunkie’s Lindsay LeMoine and Pine Prairie’s Sabrina Fontenot are the shortstops.

The outfield consists of Fontenot, Mamou’s Madison Trahan and Pine Prairie’s Hannah Bourque while the utility slots are taken up by Oakdale’s Telia Wade, Bunkie’s Brittney Coulon, Pine Prairie’s Rani Ardoin and Mamou’s Paige James.

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