Notre Dame dominates 4-3A All-District softball team
CROWLEY – Lauren Delahoussaye will not be in the third base coaching box next year for the Notre Dame Lady Pios.
After three years at the helm of the Lady Pios, Delahoussaye decided to return to her roots and take the head coaching job at Teurlings next season.
But the former LSU standout went out with a bang in 2012, leading the Lady Pios to the District 4-3A title and the No. 6 seed in the Class 3A playoffs.
Her efforts didn’t go unnoticed.
Delahoussaye, who has compiled a record of 71-29 in three seasons and has guided the Lady Pios to a state title and two state quarterfinal appearances, was tabbed as the Coach of the Year on the 4-3A All-District team that was recently announced by the league’s coaches.
“Although we didn’t reach our ultimate goal (of winning a state championship), we really had a great year,” said Delahoussaye, whose team won the district title with a 9-1 record. “We put ourselves in a bad spot (in the quarterfinals) and it was just one of those days. But that doesn’t take away from the year that we had. We accomplished a lot and the girls have nothing to hang their heads about.”
In addition to Delahoussaye’s honor, the Lady Pios also grabbed six first-team selections.
Leading the way is pitcher Molly Stelly. The freshman pitcher went 23-10 on the season with 11 shutouts. She struck out 233 batters in 188 innings and finished the year with an earned run average of 1.13.
“Mollie is young, but she has really taken her game to another level,” said Delahoussaye. “She’s a perfectionist and she loves to have the pressure on her. Every now and then she gets frazzled, but for being so young, she handled herself extremely well on the mound.”
Stelly’s battery mate, Alexa Thibodeaux, also earned first-team honors. Thibodeaux, a junior, hit .422 on the year with a team-leading 35 RBI. She also had 11 doubles, five triples and two home runs.
“Alexa brings a certain intensity to the field that is unmatched by most,” said Delahoussaye. “And she does of good job of handling Mollie and making sure she hits her spots. At the plate, she wants to swing and hit the ball hard and she did for the most part.”
Katherine Kirsch made the team at first base after leading the Lady Pios in nearly every offensive category. The junior hit .447 on the season and had a slugging percentage of .800 and an on base percentage of .523. She also had 23 RBI, eight double, five triples and three home runs.
“Katherine has a lot of talent,” said Delahoussaye. “She is one of the leaders on the field and she leads by example. She loves the game and she’s one of those kids that just loves being at practice and that’s always important.”
Taylor Boulet also made the squad on the infield. The junior third baseman hit .400 with 18 RBI, nine doubles and three triples. She struck out just four times on the year.
“Boulet has always been very dependable on offense and defense,” said Delahoussaye. “She is very hungry and she always expects the best from herself. Sometimes I think she expects more of herself than I did and that’s a lot.”
Notre Dame’s final two spots on the first team were taken up by freshman outfielders Elise LeBeouf and Taylor Satchell.
LeBeouf hit .371 with five doubles, two triples and 17 RBI while Satchell had an average of .273 with 11 doubles, one triple and 21 RBI.
“It’s always tough for a freshman to come in and make a big contribution but Elise really stepped in and played a big role for us,” said Delahoussaye. “We were very lucky to have her in the outfield and at the plate. She handled that pressure really well.
“With Taylor, she had a lot of RBIs and I moved her up and down the lineup a lot. She was kind of a true utility player as far as the lineup goes. Wherever we needed her, I could easily put her there because she’s got speed, she can lay a bunt down and she can also hit for power. She swings hard and tries to hurt the ball and I like that.”
Crowley High landed two spots on the first-team in pitcher Olivia Boullion and second baseman Heather Trahan.
Boullion went 8-10 on the season with a 3.90 earned run average. She struck out 104 batters in 121 innings pitched. At the plate, the junior hit .379 with two doubles, one triple, four home runs and 17 runs driven in.
Trahan, also a junior, hit .356 with three doubles, two triples and five RBI..
Iowa pitcher Samantha Buller edged out Stelly for Most Valuable player honors.
Jennings’ Tiffany Morvant also made the first unit as a pitcher while Iowa’s Angelica Nunez was the catcher.
Westlake’s Jase Johnson was tabbed as the shortstop while Iowa’s Kasey McCauley and Jennings’ Stephanie Menard join LeBeouf in the outfield.
Joining Thibodeaux and Satchell as utility players are Iowa’s Alice Edmaiston, Westlake’s Morgan Hardy and South Beauregard’s Karlee Goodman.
Unfortunately the district representative from Iowa, which hosted the All-District meeting, did not send out a list of second team or honorable mention members.