By Warren Arceneaux // Written for the LSWA
Two perennial state powers, Barbe baseball and St. Amant softball, claimed state titles again this season with the help of standouts Donovan LaSalle and Addison Jackson, who rose to the occasion on the biggest stage.
LaSalle hit a go-ahead home run in Barbe’s championship game win to cap a stellar season, while Jackson allowed just one run over St. Amant’s two championship tournament games to help the Gators win a second straight championship.
For that, LaSalle and Jackson are the Outstanding Players on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 5A All-State teams.
LaSalle hit .510 on the season with 10 home runs, 43 runs batted in, 57 runs scored and 33 stolen bases. The final homer was a grand slam in a nine-run seventh inning that gave Barbe a 10-4 win over West Monroe in the Division I nonselect championship game.
Jackson went 32-2 as a pitcher with a 0.93 ERA, striking out 288 batters. At the plate, Jackson hit .521 with 28 home runs and 75 runs batted in.
Baseball Coach of the Year is Jesuit’s Kenny Goodlett, who led the Blue Jays to the Division I select title. Jesuit finished the season with a 31-7 record, capping an undefeated playoff run with a 1-0 win over Rummel in the championship game.
Katie Prescott of Live Oak is the softball Coach of the Year after guiding the Eagles to the semifinal round of the nonselect Division I playoffs. Live Oak finished the season with a 31-5 record, a 10-win improvement over last season. The Eagles outscored their first two playoff opponents 25-4 before losing to Sam Houston at the state tournament.
LSWA 2023 CLASS 5A ALL-STATE BASEBALL, SOFTBALL CHARTS
P Drew Ferguson West Monroe So. 10-1
P Landon Victorian Barbe Jr. 8-0
P Jake Brown Sulphur Sr. 10-2
P Giancarlo Arencibia Rummel Jr. 7-1
C Clayton Pourciau Catholic Sr. .402
IF Sam Ardoin Sam Houston Sr. .391
IF Mikey Ryan Rummel Jr. .411
IF Ryan Darrah Brother Martin So. .434
IF Hayden Federico West Monroe Jr. .420
OF John Pearson West Monroe Jr. .424
OF Lane Lusk Live Oak Sr. .472
OF Donovan Lasalle Barbe Sr. .510
UTL Joe Bordelon Alexandria Sr. 6-4
UTL William Good Jesuit Sr. 7-1
UTL Michael O’Brien John Curtis 6-1
UTL Alex Ainsworth Catholic Sr. 7-0
UTL Trey Hawsey West Monroe Jr. .397
OUTSTANDING PLAYER: DONOVAN LASALLE, BARBE
COACH OF THE YEAR: KENNY GOODLETT, JESUIT
Bradyn Garner, West Monroe; Trent Anderson, West Monroe; Chris Clark, Alexandria; Wes Oates, Pineville; Grant Trahan, Barbe; Kasen Bellard, Barbe; Dillion Bird, Sulphur; Bryce Fontenot, Sulphur; Mason Canter, Central Lafourche; Trey Doucet, H.L. Bourgeois; Ethan Lovell, Terrebonne; Tyler Solar, Thibodaux; Justin Szymanski, Ruston; JR Tollett, Ruston; Bryce Wilson, Chalmette; Brock Davis, Live Oak; Cooper Smith, Live Oak; Kevin Robinson, Byrd; Austin Anderson, Haughton; Sawyer Simmons, Benton; Austin Lorenz, Alexandria; Brady Hoffman, Pineville; Nick Robinson, Ruston; Luke Benoit, Sulphur; Grayden Harris, Central; William Schmidt, Catholic; Swayer Pruitt, Live Oak; Bryce Pitts, Jesuit; Gavin Simeon, Brother Martin; Patrick Laiche, Brother Martin; Mason Estrada, Covington; Gates Barre, Jesuit; Branson Arceneaux, Thibodaux; Josh Eames, John Curtis; Walker Wicklund, Captain Shreve; Alex Dupuy, Natchitoches Central; Clayton Brandon, Airline; Gavin Nix, Rummel; Brock Laird, Natchitoches Central; Trenton Lape, Parkway; Barrett Newman, Parkway; Frank Randol, Brother Martin; Shane Lee, Destrehan; Kade Anderson, St. Paul’s; Drew Tomlin, Alexandria; Ean Rodrigue, Thibodaux; John Carmichael, Destrehan; Trip Dobson, Catholic; Dominic Pellegrin, Holy Cross; Steven Spalitta, Fontainebleau; Aiden Grab, Mandeville.
P Lexi Dibbley Sam Houston Sr. 25-3
P Addison Jackson, St. Amant Sr. 32-2
P Maddie Robinson Natchitoches Central Sr. 24-6
P Kayla Giardina Chapelle Jr. 20-4
C Kayce Bennett Live Sr. .568
IF Mykail Lusco Dominican Sr. .447
IF Brielle Texada Alexandria Fr. .427
IF Mady Manning West Monroe Sr. .513
IF Alix Franklin St. Amant Jr. .544
OF Dayzja Williams Alexandria Sr. .492
OF Karli Sellers West Monroe Sr. .395
OF Kai Goodman John Curtis Jr. 504
UTL Bailey Henderson Pineville Sr. .426
UTL Sophia Romero Acadiana Sr. .411
UTL Brylie Fontenot Sam Houston Sr. .393
UTL Jenna Samuel Northshore Sr. 16-5
UTL Makinsey Elisar St. Amant Sr. .474
OUTSTANDING PLAYER: ADDISON JACKSON, ST. AMANT
COACH OF THE YEAR: KATIE PRESCOTT, LIVE OAK
Chloe Massey, West Monroe; Avery Freer, West Ouachita; Addison Eckert, West Ouachita; Bevan Hartnett, Pineville; Mary Claire Brinkman, Alexandria; Kailey Dwyer, Acadiana; Hannah Capello, Walker; Lily Domangue, Central Lafourche; Ja’Lise Stewart, Terrebonne; Jada Stoot, H.L. Bourgeois; Alyssa Naquin, Thibodaux; Baleigh Scott, Barbe; Emma Thomson, Sulphur; Claire Thompson, Alexandria; Katie Kempton John Curtis Jr.; Aubry Townsend, Captain Shreve; Avery Killan, Mount Carmel; Kelsie Schmidt; Chapelle; Gabby Miller, John Curtis; Elena Heng, Airline; Sophia Livers, Benton; Ariana Mathews, Haughton; Ella Vickers, Haughton; Kira Manganello, John Curtis; Christina Curtis, Ponchatoula; Delaney Trosclair, Chapelle; Jenna Cancienne, Hahnville; Kloe White, Hahnville; Madelyn Halle, Pineville; Bryalyn Waggoner, West Ouachita; Aubrey Hobbs, Sam Houston; Chloe Magee, Live Oak; Carolina Eidson, Sam Houston; Desi Robinson, Natchitoches Central; Emersyn Disotell, Benton; Paige Marshall, Airline; Bailey Nelson, Mount Carmel; Allie Domangue, Chapelle; Ella Bertucci, Dominican; Brilynn Singh, Ponchatoula; Cortlynn Bennett, Pineville; Caitlyn Riche, Walker; Aniya Harris, Chalmette.