Local standouts named to Coaches All-State teams
CROWLEY – Although the 2011 prep baseball and softball seasons have been in the books now for nearly two months, honors continue to roll in for six Acadia Parish standouts.
Notre Dame’s Austin Robichaux and Connor Goss were both named to the Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association Class AAA All-State squad this week, while Northside Christian’s Pierce Rivera and Joseph Trahan were tabbed to the Class C team.
Notre Dame also had a pair of softball players honored with Taylor Simon and Charlotte Brown being tabbed to the Louisiana Softball Coaches Association Class AAA team that was also recently released.
For Robichaux and Goss, it marked a clean sweep of postseason honors that included spots on the 5-3A All-District squad as well as the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 3A All-State team, All-Acadiana team and the All-Acadia Parish squad.
Robichaux, who was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft just over a month ago, helped lead the Pios to the state quarterfinals this year.
The UL-Lafayette signee made the team as a pitcher after going 10-1 during his senior campaign with one save and a 0.37 earned run average. He gave up just 28 hits while striking out 98 in 75 innings of work.
Robichaux was also an offensive threat, hitting .419 with a slugging percentage of .675. He also logged 11 doubles, five triples, three home runs and drove in 48 runs.
Goss, a three-year starter for the Pios, hit .391 with a slugging percentage of .652. The junior third baseman also had 12 doubles, three triples and four home runs to go along with 40 RBI.
Also making the Class AAA squad at pitcher were Livonia ’s Mason Torres, Holy Cross’ Ryan Deems and Parkview’s Collin Rogers.
The catcher is Holy Cross’ Shayne LaRouge.
Joining Goss on the infield were Catholic High of New Iberia’s Kyle Clement, Abbeville’s Ricky Frederick and Eunice’s Brody Olivier.
E.D. White’s Jacob Rodrigue, Parkview’s Jake Clouatre and Iowa ’s Tyler Chapman make up the outfield.
Utility players include Amite’s Kyle Bracey, Loranger’s Brennan Catalano, Bunkie’s Blake Quirk, E.D. White’s Heath Thiel and Eunice’s Trent Vidrine.
Eunice standout and LSU-Eunice signee Zac Person earned Pitcher of the Year honors while Livonia ’s Mason Klotz was named the Player of the Year. Livonia ’s Jason Lemoine was named the Coach of the Year.
Like Robichaux, Rivera and Trahan were also dual threats for Northside Christian.
Rivera finished his senior season with a 7-4 record and posted an earned run average of 2.33. He was also a force at the plate with eight doubles, three triples and a .609 average.
Trahan, a freshman, was 4-4 while on the mound and had 65 strikeouts in 42 innings. He led the Warriors offensively with a .633 average to go along with 17 doubles, six triples and a team-high 23 RBI.
Hicks Gary Williams was tabbed as the Class C Coach of the Year while Zack Rodgerson earned Player of the Year honors. Claiborne Christian’s Zach Osborn was named the Pitcher of the Year.
On the girls’ side, Simon earned a spot on the LSCA All-State team as an infielder while Brown made the squad in the outfield.
Simon, who helped lead the Lady Pios to the Class AAA quarterfinals her senior year, led the Lady Pios in nearly every offensive category. The LSU-Eunice signee hit .517 with seven doubles, four triples and two home runs. She also scored a team-high 37 runs while driving in 14 runs.
Brown, a junior, hit .536 for the Lady Pios.
Catholic of New Iberia’s Abigail Henagan, Parkview’s Brooklyn Guillot, Brusly’s Carlie Jo LeBlanc, Jena ’s Paige Fink and Buckeye’s Carley Richardson make up the Class AAA pitching staff.
There were also five catchers named to the team in Buckeye’s Laci Nugent, Avoyelles’ Katelyn Hines, North Vermilion’s Randee Vincent, Catholic of New Iberia’s Allison Carline and Parkview’s Victoria Huggins.
Joining Simon on the infield are Jena ’s Tiara Brown, North Vermilion’s Stephanie Picard, Catholic of New Iberia’s Marie Hoag, Berwik’s Abigail Ohlin, Parkview’s Camille Rozas and Brusly’s Jada Cobbs and Shelby Willis.
Brown is joined in the outfield by Jena ’s Delana McCarntey, Avoyelles’ Megan Smith, Catholic of New Iberia’s Sydney Lahasky, Parkview’s Rachael Huggins and West Feliciana ’s Malorie Zumbro.
The designated player is Berwick’s Jade Russo and the Coach of the Year is Catholic of New Iberia’s Jeri Beck.