BASEBALL

Plaquemine's Keller, Perrault selected Class 4A All-State

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Plaquemine's Joseph Keller delivers a pitch earlier in the season. Keller was recently selected honorable mention on the Class 4A All-State team. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

NATCHITOCHES - St. Thomas More won both the Class 4A softball and baseball state championships in convincing fashion and likewise led the way when it came to the top honors on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 4A All-State teams.

St. Thomas More 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 coaches of the year.

Hemphill, who was instrumental in leading the Cougars to their second consecutive 4A state championship, won the top honor for the second consecutive season 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, 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. A Mississippi State signee, Vallot was drafted 40th by the Kansas City Royals in the Major League Baseball draft Thursday.

Trosclair led the Patriots to a third straight playoff berth and first trip to the state tournament since 1991, when they were defeated by the eventual state champion Cougars.

Guerriero 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.

Selected to the Class 4A All-State honorable mention team from Plaquemine were sophomore pitcher Joseph Keller on the baseball team and junior pitcher Mallory Perrault on the softball team.

Keller posted a 7-3 record on the pitcher’s mound with a 2.21 earned run average and 77 strikeouts. He also hit .535 with five home runs, four triples, eight doubles and 43 RBIs.