ND duo named to All-State squad

CROWLEY – Honors continue to roll in for Notre Dame and Rayne High after the completion of the 2009 baseball and softball seasons.

Notre Dame standouts Ryan Leonards and Austin Robichaux were named to the Class AAA All-State baseball team that was announced today by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association while Rayne’s Mariel Meche landed a spot on the softball team.

Notre Dame’s Bryant Gilbert earned honorable mention status on the baseball squad while Kesley Hollier earned the same honor on the softball team.

Leonards made the team as a utility player after pitching and playing shortstop during his junior campaign that saw the Pios advance to the Class AAA semifinals before bowing out to St. Charles.

Leonards hit .471 on the year with four doubles, eight triples, two home runs and 17 RBI from the leadoff spot in the Pios’ lineup. He also stole 18 bases in 19 attempts.

On the mound, Leonards compiled a record of 6-3 with a 1.97 earned run average. He gave up just 17 earned runs and struck out 54 in just over 60 innings pitched.

Robichaux joins Loranger’s Taylor Abdalla, Parkview’s Andrew Reeves and St. Charles’ Jared Keating as one of four pitchers on the team.

Robichaux, a sophomore right hander, went 7-2 on the year with an earned run average of 2.07. He logged one save and struck out 78 in 64 innings of work.

Gilbert, a senior outfielder and closer for the Pios, hit .480 with seven doubles, five triples, one home run and 29 RBI.

Parkview’s Alex Byo was named the Most Valuable Player while Loranger’s Jason Heimstetter earned the Coach of the Year honor.

On the girls’ side, Meche helped lead the Lady Wolves to the District 5-AAA title and a second round playoff appearance. The sophomore pitcher made the team as a utility player, going 17-6 on the year with 106 strikeouts in 131 innings on the mound. She finished the year with an ERA of 1.12.

Hollier, a sophomore utility pick on the 5-AAA All-District team, hit .462 on the year with 10 doubles, two triples, one home run and 16 RBI. She also swiped 18 bases in as many attempts.

Brusly’s Bethany Pinkston was tabbed as the team’s MVP while Catholic of New Iberia’s Jeri Beck earned the Coach of the Year honor.

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