Notre Dame duo named to Class 3A All-State team

CROWLEY – North DeSoto High outfielder Matt Martin and Buckeye High pitcher Mikayla Brown made the spring memorable by leading their teams to Class 3A state titles.

Now the two players lead the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 3A All-State teams for baseball and softball.

Martin, a senior, was selected as the Outstanding Player on the baseball squad after leading the Griffins to a 3A title by hitting .468 with seven home runs and 43 runs batted in.

A panel of sportswriters from across the state picked Brown as the Outstanding Player for softball. The sophomore she compiled a 25-2 record with a 0.84 earned run average. Brown also hit .364 with 24 RBIs.

Two coaches from Iowa High, Cason Robison and Sean Richard, claimed the LSWA’s 3A Coach of the Year honors. Robison’s softball squad advanced to the semifinals, while Richard’s baseball team was the 3A runner-up.

Joining Brown on the softball pitching staff were Brooklyn Guillot of runner-up Parkview Baptist (21-5, 274 strikeouts), Brusly’s Carli Jo Leblanc (18-5, 1.55 ERA) and Iowa’s Sam Buller (23-7, 11 strikeouts per game).

The 3A baseball pitching staff consisted of Loranger’s Brennan Catalono (10-1, 2.45 ERA), North DeSoto’s Jared West (8-1, 109 strikeouts), Iowa’s Gabe Roberts (8-1, 1.68 ERA) and Livonia’s Mason Klotz (6-1, 81 strikeouts).

Buckeye’s Lacie Nugent (.548, 23 RBIs) was the softball catcher, while E.D. White’s Logan Barbera (.398, three home runs, 37 RBIs) was the baseball catcher.

The baseball infield consisted of Parkview Baptist’s Colin Rodgers (.333, 28 RBIs), Eunice’s Josh Patin (.511, 45 runs scored), Parkview’s Brennan Bozeman (.477, 40 runs) and Notre Dame’s Connor Goss (.439, 29 RBIs).

Notre Dame’s Katherine Kirsch (.447), Kaplan’s Mallory Hebert (.444, 44 runs), Buckeye’s Jessica Johnson (.419, 25 RBIs) and Brusly’s Lanesha Taylor (.411, 26 RBIs) made up the softball infield.

Brusly’s Akiya Thymes (.491, 40 runs), St. Charles’ Katie Duhe (.422) and Kaplan’s Katie LeDoux (.420, 21 RBIs) were picked for the softball outfield. The baseball outfield included North DeSoto’s Martin, Parkview’s Russell Reynolds (.365, 27 RBIs) and Rayville’s Nathan O’Briant (.423).

The baseball squad’s utility selections were Iowa’s Philip LeBleu (9-4), St. Charles’ Chad McNeil (8-1), Livonia’s Brandon Armand (.416, 36 RBIs), E.D. White’s Scott Szush (9-3) and Loyola’s Vaughn Shapen (.465, 24 RBIs).

Parkview’s Lauren Yawn (.481, 29 RBIs), E.D. White’s Kali Clement (.435, 30 RBIs), St. Charles’ Chelsea Loupe (21-6), Kaplan’s Brittany LeBeouf (18-5, 1.75 ERA) and Farmerville’s Sandy Ouchley (.679, seven home runs, 63 RBIs) were the softball utility players.

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