Northside Christian's Joseph Trahan named 5-C All-District MVP

CROWLEY – The 2012 prep baseball season was a struggle to say the least for the Northside Christian Warriors.

With a starting lineup that consisted of two eighth graders, three sophomores, one junior and three seniors, the Warriors had to compete against one of the toughest Class C districts in the state. That district included teams like No. 4 Elizabeth, No. 9 Assembly Christian, No. 14 Plainview and No. 15 St. Joseph’s.

But Northside’s youth prevailed as the Warriors went 6-2 in league play to claim second place and earn the No. 6 seed in the Class C playoffs.

Both of the Warriors’ league losses were against Elizabeth (5-4 at home and 5-2 on the road), who bowed out in the semifinals to eventual state champion Family Christian.

For their efforts, Northside was granted four spots on the 5-C All-District team that was recently announced by the league’s coaches.

Northside utility player Joseph Trahan nailed down one of the squad’s top two honors by being named the league’s Outstanding Player. The sophomore pitcher/shortstop finished with a district-leading batting average of .619 while also going 2-2 on the mound with a 2.55 earned run average.

At the plate, Trahan had four doubles, two triples, two home runs and 10 RBI in the Warriors’ eight league games.

On the mound, he struck out 34 in 23 innings pitched.

Elizabeth’s Ron Morgan earned the other top honor by being named the league’s Coach of the Year.

Joining Trahan on the first unit are teammates Nick Zaunbrecher, Jordan Monte and Josh Wheeler.

Zaunbrecher, a sophomore catcher, had the second-highest average during league play at .609. He also had two doubles and drove in seven runs.

Monte, also a sophomore, made the team at shortstop after hitting .357 for the Warriors with one double and seven RBI. He also compiled a record of 3-0 on the mound with an ERA of 2.70.

Wheeler was one of three pitchers selected to the team after going 1-0 in league play with an ERA of 1.75. He struck out 13 in 10 innings of work and also hit .522 with three doubles, one triple, one home run and seven RBI.

Elizabeth landed six spots on the first team. Jordan Sutterfield made the unit at first base and Christian Perkins made it at third base.

Kolby Friday grabbed one of the three outfield slots along with ACS’ Tyler Hidalgo and Isaac Lavergne.

Elizabeth’s Colby LaFauci and Kelby Friday made the list as utility players while Garrett Doucet got on as a pitcher.

Jesse DeRouen of ACS is the first baseman, Aubry Chendert of St. Joseph ’s and Josh Ash of Plainview made it as utility players and Zack Provost of ACS nailed down the final spot at pitcher.

Northside had four members selected to the second team and two players made the honorable mention list.

NCS seniors Ben Morgan and Nick Gotte made the second unit as did eighth graders Jon-Riley Mouton and Christian Morgan. Junior Shea Bertrand and freshman Nick Martin were tabbed as honorable mentions.

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