Notre Dame's Simon headlines All-Acadia Parish Softball team
CROWLEY – For Notre Dame’s Taylor Simon, the third time did, in fact prove to be the charm.
After falling just short of Most Valuable Player honors in volleyball and basketball during her senior year, the multi-talented athlete garnered top honors on the 2011 All-Acadia Parish softball team that was released today by the Crowley Post-Signal.
And,as in volleyball, it was a tight race in the MVP selection process.
Simon was edged out for top honors in volleyball by teammate Mayme Cook and in basketball by Iota standout Allison Baggett.
In softball, Simon nudged out Rayne’s Mariel Meche for MVP honors.
“Taylor was our leadoff hitter and she really set the tone for the game,” said ND coach Lauren Delahoussaye, who earned Coach of the Year honors. “She was a very strong presence.
“I know other teams were scared of her and felt that if they could keep her off the bases, they could beat us. It was just hard for those teams to do that. She hit anything they threw her; she did a really good job of handling pressure situations.”
Simon led the Lady Pios, who reached the Class AAA quarterfinals in 2011, in nearly every offensive category. The LSU-Eunice signee hit .517 on the season with seven doubles, four triples, two home runs, 37 runs scored and 14 RBI.
Meche was just as impressive and made the squad at pitcher. The senior hurler helped lead the Lady Wolves to the quarterfinals where they were eliminated from the playoffs by eventual state champion Catholic High of New Iberia.
Meche logged a record of 17-9 and had a 1.18 earned run average. She also hit .393 for the Lady Wolves with six home runs and 25 RBI.
Simon and Meche were also first-team selections on the 5-AAA All-District team as well as the Class AAA All-State team.
Meche is joined on the team’s pitching staff by Notre Dame senior Amelia Lavergne (4-2), Crowley High sophomore Olivia Boullion (7-3), Iota freshman Abigail Leonards (1.73 ERA) and Church Point junior Hannah Benoit (6-1).
Simon is joined on the infield by Notre Dame sophomore Katherine Kirsch (.500), Crowley sophomore Heather Trahan (.323) and Notre Dame sophomore Taylor Boulet (.417). The catcher is Church Point’s Robbie Dailey (.395).
The outfield consists of Crowley senior Maranda Guidry (.317), Notre Dame junior Charlotte Brown (.536), Rayne senior Tori Mott (.379) and Iota senior Laura Cart (.325).
Utility players making the team include Crowley sophomore Jessica Powell (.369), Rayne senior Kelsey Hollier (.533) and Church Point junior Hallie Lavergne (.436) and freshman Morgan Daigle (.421).
The honorable mention list includes Notre Dame’s Ally Daigle, Hillary Stelly, Alexa Thibodeaux and Mollie Stelly; Crowley’s Emily Boullion, Skylor Huval and Megan Guidry; Iota’s Chelsea Welch, Courtney Duncan and Caroline Hebert; Northside Christian’s Tori Clement, Sydney Breaux, Caitlin Clayton, Madisyn Clement and Natalie Hayes; Church Point’s McKenzie Dailey, Katie Barrousse, McKenzie LeJeune and Rayne’s Courtney Boutin, Katelyn LeDoux, Ariel Meche, Kristin Gaspard, Amanda Bourque and Alex Peltier.
Pos. Player School Cl. Stats
P Amelia Lavergne Notre Dame Sr. 4-2
P Olivia Boullion Crowley So. 7-3
P Abigail Leonards Iota Fr. 1.73
P Mariel Meche Rayne Sr. 6-4
P Hannah Benoit Church Point Jr. 6-1
C Robbie Dailey Church Point Sr. .395
1B Katherine Kirsch Notre Dame So. .500
2B Heather Trahan Crowley So. .323
3B Taylor Boulet Notre Dame So. .417
SS Taylor Simon Notre Dame Sr. .517
OF Maranda Guidry Crowley Sr. .317
OF Charlotte Brown Notre Dame Jr. .536
OF Tori Mott Rayne Sr. .379
OF Laura Cart Iota Sr. .325
UT Jessica Powell Crowley So. .369
UT Kelsey Hollier Rayne Sr. .533
UT Hallie Lavergne Church Point Jr. .436
UT Morgan Daigle Church Point Fr. .421
Most Valuable Player
Taylor Simon, Notre Dame
Coach of the Year
Lauren Delahoussaye, Notre Dame
Honorable Mention: Crowley - Emily Boullion, Skylor Huval, Megan Guidry; Notre Dame - Ally Daigle, Hillary Stelly, Alexa Thibodeaux, Mollie Stelly; Iota - Chelsea Welch, Courtney Duncan, Caroline Hebert; Northside Christian - Tori Clement, Sydney Breaux, Caitlin Clayton, Madisyn Clement, Natalie Hayes; Church Point - McKenzie Dailey, Katie Barrousse, McKenzie LeJeune; Rayne - Courtney Boutin, Katelyn LeDoux, Ariel Meche, Kristin Gaspard, Amanda Bourque and Alex Peltier.