Notre Dame's Amelia Lavergne signs with East Mississippi Community College

CROWLEY – Amelia Lavergne fulfilled one of her childhood dreams during a stellar prep career with the Notre Dame Lady Pios’ softball team.

The hard-throwing pitcher saw varsity playing time all four years at Notre Dame, helping lead the Lady Pios to four straight state tournament appearances and one state championship in 2010.

On Wednesday, she saw another of her dreams come true when she signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball for the East Mississippi Community College Lady Lions beginning in the fall.

“I’m really excited because this has been something I have wanted to do since I was a kid,” said Lavergne of signing with EMCC, which is located in Scooba , Miss. “And finding a school that I really like is great. I like the coaches and it is a very close knit place. It’s a very homey feeling, like I’m not leaving home even though I am.”

Lavergne caught the eye of EMCC coach Kate Neely thanks in part to a former Lady Pio and Lady Lions’ hurler Nicole Lanthier.

Nicole’s father, Harley, coaches the Cajun Express, which is the travel team Lavergne plays for in the summer.

Harley contacted Neely, who, in turn, had Lavergne go up for a tryout.

The rest is history.

“Mr. Harley has been in contact with me every year about girls in this area and that’s how we made contact with her,” said Neely. “She came out here within a week and pitched for us and did a great job.

“She had a really nice drop ball, her fastball was good and her rise ball worked well. In our league, or in any league, if you have three solid pitches, you’ll be effective, regardless of speed. She also hit for us that day and did pretty good. She’s got a lot of power.”

Lavergne finished her senior season in 2011 with 12-6 record and posted a 1.357 earned run average. She gave up just 19 earned runs and walked 14 in 98 innings of work.

“Amelia worked really hard this year and played a huge role in our success,” said Notre Dame coach Lauren Delahoussaye, whose team advanced to the Class AAA quarterfinals this year before being ousted by Berwick. “She stepped up when she needed to step up and she did a great job for us this year. I was really proud of her.”

Lavergne posted a 4-2 record in district play, beating league champion Kaplan in the season final and then again in the second round of the playoffs.

“Against Kaplan at the back of the season, she really kind of came out of her shell,” said Delahoussaye. “She came out and handled the game completely.

“During district, she really held her own and was a strong presence on the mound.”

Amelia, who is the daughter of Randal and Judy Lavergne of Rayne, was a two-time All-District and All-Acadia Parish selection. She plans to major in psychology with a minor in English.

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