Reed, Soileaux earn top honors
CROWLEY – Notre Dame and Rayne High dominated their opponents in District 5-AAA play this season, finishing up league play at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.
With Notre Dame winning over 20 games and Rayne 17, it is no wonder that each team earned one of the top two honors on the All-District team that was recently announced by the league’s coaches.
Notre Dame’s Lance Reed was a unanimous selection for the Coach of the Year honor while Rayne’s Lindsey Soileaux edged out Notre Dame’s Kelsey Brown for the Most Valuable Player award.
Reed, in just his second season at Notre Dame, led the Lady Pios to a 21-9 record and an appearance in the Fast Pitch 56 tournament. It was the Lady Pios’ first appearance in the tournament since winning it in 2004.
Notre Dame finished 8-0 in league play before bouncing Clark and Catholic High of New Iberia in the first two rounds of the playoffs. The Lady Pios title run fell short in the third round when they dropped a 9-1 quarterfinal decision to Winnfield at Sulphur’s Frasch Park.
Soileaux helped lead the Lady Wolves to a runnersup showing in league play and a second-round playoff appearance where they fell to eventual state champion St. Charles, 4-1.
Soileaux finished her senior campaign with a .519 batting average in district play in addition to hitting .408 overall. She also collected 14 doubles, four triples and one home run while driving in 30 runs. The utility player, who mainly played third base for most of the season, also posted a record of 2-1 on the mound.
Brown, who narrowly missed earning the MVP honor, made the first team at third base after hitting .513 on the year with five doubles, three triples, six home runs and 42 RBI. She also had a slugging percentage of .875 and an on-base percentage of .537.
Brown was also a defensive standout, committing just two errors in 107 chances. She recorded 30 put-outs and 75 assists to finish her senior year with a fielding percentage of .981.
Notre Dame’s Amelia Lavergne and Hannah Godeaux each made the squad as pitchers along with Crowley’s Tiffany Trahan and Rayne’s Mariel Meche
Lavergne was 4-0 in district play and 7-4 overall, posting an earned run average of 2.06. She struck out 37 batters in 68 innings.
Godeaux went 3-0 in league play and 8-2 overall while sporting a 3.78 ERA. She struck out 46 in 50 innings.
Trahan was 13-12 on the year, striking out an amazing 189 batters. She threw one no-hitter this year and posted an ERA of 2.41 in 159 innings.
Meche was 14-9 with and ERA of .242. She struck out 96 in 140 innings.
Rayne’s Julie Boutin made the team at catcher after hitting .375 with six doubles, one triple and four home runs. She drove in 15 runs.
Also making the team on the infield are Notre Dame’s Katelyn Smith, Crowley’s Shelbee Hoffpauir and Rayne’s Kylie Terro.
Smith made the team at first base, hitting .302 for the Lady Pios with one double and nine RBI. Hoffpauir earned a spot at second base, hitting .315 with one double, one home run and nine RBI while Terro is listed at shortstop after hitting .315 with 12 doubles, two triples and a team leading 32 RBI.
The outfield consists of Notre Dame’s Alex Boulet (.444, nine RBI), Crowley’s Loralyn Huval (.425, 14 RBI) and Rayne’s Reagan Daigle (.470, 20 RBI).
Joining Soileaux at the utility position are Notre Dame’s Brittany Larivierre (.333, 10 RBI), Crowley’s Celes Weekley (.462, 11 RBI), Church Point’s Kellie Lewis (.214, three RBI and Rayne’s Hailei Simon (.393, 26 RBI).
Church Point’s Amia Lyons and Northwest’s Tanaya Yidin made the second team as pitchers while the infield consists of Church Point’s Chelsey Gallow and Lauren Matte, Rayne’s Shandi Deville, Crowley’s Amy Abshire and Notre Dame’s Taylor Simon.
Rayne’s Lindsey Harrington and Courtney Johsnon team with Notre Dame’s Anna Brown and Leah Broussard to make up the outfield while Church Point’s Morgan Faul and Notre Dame’s Charli Leger are the utility players.