BASEBALL

War Eagles' Curry, Booksh chosen to 1A All-State first team

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
Left, St. John's Trevor Curry is greeted at home plate after a home run against East Iberville this season. Right, St. John's Morgan Booksh warms up during a pitching change against Mangham this season.Curry and Booksh were recently selected to the Class 1A All-State first team. 
POST SOUTH PHOTOS/Peter Silas Pasqua

Class 1A state champion Mangham swept top honors when Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-State team was released recently.

St. John's Trevor Curry and Morgan Booksh, both first-team District 9-1A selections, were selected to the first team. Curry was chosen as an infielder and Booksh was picked as a utility player.

Mangham sophomore Ridge Heisler took Outstanding Player honors after going 15-1 on the mound with a 1.97 ERA and 92 strikeouts. Heisler also batted .491 on offense with six homers and 31 RBI.

Scott Wilcher was named the baseball Coach of the Year after leading the Dragons to their first baseball state title in school history and sophomore designated hitter Dylan Ridgeway (15 HR, .375 avg.) also was selected to the team.

St. John won the District 9-1A title and advanced to the LHSAA State Baseball Tournament for the first time in a decade under coach Heath Whittington. The War Eagles were 9-1 in district play and finished 28-6 overall after falling to Mangham in the semifinals after defeating Christian Life, St. Frederick and Westminister Christian to open the postseason.

Curry, the 9-1A MVP and a Southeastern Louisiana signee, batted .489 this season with 53 RBIs, 44 runs, 10 home runs, seven triples, four doubles and 19 stolen bases. The shortstop also posted a .890 fielding percentage over 181 innings with three double plays and 79 putouts.

Booksh batted .303 with 36 RBIs, 34 runs, five doubles, three triples, one home run and nine stolen bases. He also registered seven saves as the Eagles' closer posting a 2-1 record and 1.04 ERA while striking out 20 over 27 innings pitched.

Also on the baseball all-state team were Ouachita Christian seniors Braden Bristo (10-2, .432 avg) and Jonathan Washam (.517 avg.), Central Catholic junior Bryson Barbier (6-3 record), St. Martin's senior Stewart Campbell (11-2 record), Central Catholic junior Barron Courtney (.426 avg.), Hannan senior Mike Hess (.489 avg.), Ouachita Christian senior Jordan Washam (.457 avg.), Country Day junior Michael Mann (.400 avg.), Central Catholic senior Josh Singleton (.438 avg.), Houma Christian sophomore Drake Battaglia (.400 avg.), Cedar Creek junior Mark Van (.404 avg.), Country Day senior Ben Harrison (8-0 record) and Westminster Christian senior Jalen Williams (.390 avg.).