Iota trio named to 5-2A All-District softball squad

IOTA – The Iota Lady Bulldogs recently completed one of their most successful softball seasons in the team’s history and when District 5-2A coaches met to select their 2012 All-District team, that success was evident.

The Lady Dogs placed three players on the 5-2A All-District first-team and four on the second team.

Earning first-team honors were Abigail Leonards, McKenzie Armand and Gabbi Heinen.

Leonards, a sophomore pitcher, had another phenomenal year, going 18-6 on the year with an earned run average of 1.09. She struck out 200 batters in 148 innings of work and walked just 15.

She was equally as impressive at the plate, where she hit .455 on the year with seven doubles, four triples and 22 RBI.

Armand earned first-team honors at catcher. The freshman, who joined the team late after helping lead the Lady Dogs to the Class 2A finals in basketball, hit .545 from the cleanup spot. She also had 10 doubles, five triples, one home run and 19 RBI.

Heinen, a shortstop/third baseman, made the team as a utility player after hitting .301 with four doubles, one triple and six RBI. The speedy leadoff hitter also stole 22 bases on the year.

Second-team selections include second baseman April Sensat, shortstop Caroline Hebert, outfielder Rae-Leigh Johnson and utility player Holly Guillory.

Sensat hit .258 ith four doubles and 11 RBI while Hebert hit .333 with two RBI. Johnson, who had nine stolen bases, hit for an average of .321 with two doubles and eight RBI and Guillory hit .230 with one double and 10 RBI.

Iota’s Courtney Duncan and Janet Kebodeaux made the list at honorable mention.

Despite missing several starters at the beginning of the season due to the basketball playoffs, the Lady Dogs cruised out to a 7-2 start before league play started in early March.

In district 5-2A play, the Lady Dogs won their first five league games before dropping back-to-back one-run games to Mamou and Bunkie (both 4-3 losses).

Iota won two of its last three league games to finish as the runnerup in District 5-2A with a record of 7-3.

The Lady Dogs went on to earn the No. 12 seed in the Class 2A playoffs where they defeated Doyle (7-0) in the first round and upended league-rival Mamou (1-0) to advance to the state tourney where they were defeated by Riverside (5-0).

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