Rayne trio named during All-State selections
Rayne High’s Kelcie Bourgeois
4A All-State Softball
Rayne High’s Hunter Keely
4A All-State Baseball
Rayne High’s Grant Menard
4A All-State Baseball
From Staff Reports
St. Thomas More won both the Class 4A softball and baseball state championships in convincing fashion and they did the same in garnering two of the highest honors on the 2014 Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 4A All-State teams.
STM’s catchers Bailey Hemphill and Chase Vallot were named the softball and baseball Players of the Year, while Ellender’s Janie Trosclair and Neville’s Paul Guerriero were tabbed as the Coaches of the Year.
Hemphill, who was instrumental in leading the Cougars to its second consecutive 4A state championships, wins the state’s top honor for the second consecutive season. Hemphill followed up her impressive freshman season with an equally stellar sophomore campaign, batting .630 with 17 home runs, 14 doubles, one triple and 56 RBIs.
Vallot, who also was tabbed as the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year, was one of the more feared hitters in the state. The senior catcher, a Mississippi State signee who was drafted 40th by the Kansas City Royals in the MLB Draft Thursday, hit .545 with 13 home runs, 15 doubles, one triple and 60 RBIs this past season en route to being named to the All-State team for the second consecutive year.
Trosclair, who is stepping down as head coach to watch her daughter Kyler play college softball, led the Patriots to a third straight playoff berth and first trip to the state tournament since 1991 where they were defeated by the eventual state champion STM.
Guerriero, who was the longtime football and baseball coach at St. Frederick before stepping down in 2011, just completed his first season as Neville’s head coach where he led the Tigers to a 27-12 record, the District 2-4A championship and a state runner-up finish in 4A where they were defeated by STM.
Local honorees named during 4A All-State selections were Rayne High’s Kelcie Bourgeois, Hunter Keely and Grant Menard.
Named during honorabke mention picks, Bourgeois secured the pitcher’s circle for the Lady Wolves during her junior season and was a force from both the mound and at the plate as she led Rayne HIgh to the state tournament.
In the circle, Bourgeois pitched 48 innings during district play with a 1.604 ERA and a 9-2 district slate. In the batter’s box, she recorded a .500 batting average in district play. She was named District 4-4A’s top pitcher and was also tabbed the district’s Most Valuable Player.
Rayne High’s Keely and Menard were both named during All-State honorable mention selections.
Keely was a threat on both the mound and at the plate for the Wolves during his junior campaign. He posted a .476 batting average in the thick of the Wolves’ lineup. On the mound, he has an 8-3 record with a 3.09 era and 59 strikeouts during district play. Keely was tagged District 4-4A’s Most Valuable Player as he helped lead his team to a state quarterfinal showing, just shy of the state tournament.
Menard held down the outfield at center and collected a .441 batting average for his senior campaign.