St. John's Whittington highlights all-8-1A District baseball team

St. John head baseball coach Heath Whittington was recently selected District 8-1A co-Coach of the Year after leading the Eagles to a split district championship.
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PLAQUEMINE - St. John the Evangelist High School captured a share of the District 8-1A championship with Ascension Catholic this season and returned the LHSAA State Baseball Tournament for the second consecutive season.

The War Eagles finished the season 25-6 overall and were 9-1 in district play in coach Heath Whittington’s final year at the helm of the program. St. John fell to finalist Sacred Heart of Ville Platte in the semifinals.

White Castle finished with an overall record of 9-14 under coach Robert Madere and East Iberville was 0-13 overall.

Whittington was recently selected co-Coach of the Year with Ascension Catholic’s Todd Landry and joined on the first-team by pitchers Hunter Schnebelen and Brandon Noel, infielders Christopher Patin and Dylan Tempanaro, outfielder Bailey Whittington and utility players Jacob Maranto and Hayden Hemenway and Da’Micah Carter of White Castle.

Earning second-team honors from St. John were infielder Justin Maranto, outfielder Mason LeBlanc and utility player Gavin Landry. Second-team honors also went to White Castle pitcher Brandon Foster, catcher De’Quain Jackson, infielder Dontrell Taylor, outfielder Robert Franklin, utility player D.J. Pierce and East Iberville infielder Mark Tasker and utility player A.J. Burba.

Earning honorable mention were St. John’s Mason Young and Colby Sadden and White Castle’s Keldrick Deggs.

Schnebelen was 10-2 overall on the bump collecting a 2.81 earned run average with 42 strikeouts.

Noel posted a 7-1 record with 1.01 ERA and 59 Ks. He also hit .444 with four doubles, three triples, one home run, 25 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.

Patin batted .321 with 18 RBIs, while Tempanaro hit .385 with nine RBIs. Whittington hit .360 with 26 runs batted in and 17 stolen bases, while Maranto batted .607 with 23 RBIs and Hemenway hit .423 with 18 RBIs and 19 stolen bases.

Carter hit .381 for White Castle, while Foster batted .339, Franklin hit .517, Taylor batted .400, Jackson hit .474, Peirce batted .320 and Deggs hit .360.

Justin Maranto also hit.333, while LeBlanc batted .375 and Landry .222.