Rayne's Meche, Dunn earn top 5-3A honors
By Chris Quebedeaux
CROWLEY – After playing second fiddle to Notre Dame the past several years, the Rayne Lady Wolves turned the tables on the Lady Pios in 2009.
Rayne split its regular-season series with Notre Dame and then claimed a 13-6 victory over the Lady Pios in a special district playoff game to claim the league title.
For their efforts, the Lady Wolves landed six spots on the 5-AAA All-District softball team, sweeping the top honors by claiming the Coach of the Year award (Deserea Dunn) and Most Valuable Player award (Mareil Meche).
Dunn, a former Benton High standout and UL-Lafayette third baseman, guided Rayne to 20-9 overall record and a second- round playoff appearance. The Lady Wolves dropped a 6-1 decision to eventual state semifinalist Westlake in the regional round.
Meche, Rayne’s starting pitcher, was a big part of the Lady Wolves’ success this year, compiling a 17-6 record with an earned run average of 1.12. She logged 106 strikeouts in 131 innings and gave up just 21 earned runs.
Also earning first-team honors on the mound were Notre Dame’s Amelia Lavergne and Hannah Godeaux and Church Point’s Amia Lyons.
Lavergne went 10-9 on the year and 6-1 in district play while posting an ERA of 2.03. She struck out 41 in 103 innings and recorded on save.
Lyons was 5-10 on the year and 2-4 in league play, leading the Lady Bears to a third-place finish in district. She posted 23 strikeouts in 75 innings and finished her senior campaign with an ERA of 5.69.
Notre Dame’s Meranda LeBlanc made the team at catcher after hitting .303 on the year and .416 in district. The sophomore had eight doubles, one triple and one home run to go along with 21 runs driven in.
Rayne also logged two spots in the infield in second baseman Shandi Deville and third baseman Kaitlin Thibodeaux.
Deville hit .313 with two doubles and seven RBI while Thibodeaux hit .424 with 10 doubles, three triples, one home run and 25 RBI.
Rounding out the infield is Crowley first baseman Mandy Burke and Notre Dame shortstop Taylor Simon.
Burke posted a .327 batting average with two doubles, one triple and six RBI.
Simon led the Lady Pios with a .465 average overall and a .555 clip in league play. She had eight doubles, four triples, two home runs and drove in 31 runs. The junior utility player also swiped 21 bases in 22 attempts.
Notre Dame’s Alex Boulet and Hannah Miller made the team in the outfield as well as Rayne’s Tori Mott.
Boulet hit .389 from the leadoff spot with one double, three triples and 13 RBI. The speedy junior also led the Lady Pios in steals with 24 swipes in as many attempts.
Miller hit .365 on the year but posted a .750 average in district play. She had one double, two triples and drove in 22 runs.
Mott posted an average of .283 overall and .350 in district.
Utility players on the first team include Crowley’s Celes Weekley, Rayne’s Julie Boutin and Kelsey Hollier, Notre Dame’s Anna Brown and Church Point’s Destinee Calais.
Weekley hit .322 with two doubles and three RBI while Brown hit .416 with two triples, two home runs and 20 RBI.
Boutin hit .354 on the year with four doubles, three triples, one home run and 10 RBI while Hollier hit .462 overall and .708 in district. Hollier also had ten doubles, two triples, one home run and 16 RBI to go along with 18 stolen bases.
Calais hit .303 with five RBI for the Lady Bears.
Church Point and Rayne combined for 11 spots on the second team.
The Lady Bears landed six spots in pitcher Hannah Benoit, catcher Amy Guillory, shortstop Robbie Dailey, outfielder Maci Richard and utility players Lauren Matte and Morgan Faul.
Rayne took up five slots: outfielders Courtney Johnson and Brittany Thibodeaux and utility players Skyla Schexnaider, Haley Habetz and Ava Stutes.
Notre Dame’s Charli Leger made the second unit at first base and Hillary Stelly made it at second base.
Crowley’s Amy Abshire rounded out the infield at third base.
Northwest’s Ragiel James was also selected as a pitcher.