SOFTBALL

Lady Eagles' Theriot, Crockett headline District 9-1A team

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com

St. John the Evangelist High School won the District 9-1A title undefeated and advanced to the LHSAA Top 56 State Softball Tournament for the fourth consecutive season.

Senior pitcher Kamryn Theriot was selected District MVP and Oliver "Crickett" Crockett was presented Coach of the Year recently.

The Lady Eagles finished 23-11 overall and were 10-0 in district play. St. John advanced to the Class 1A quarterfinals over Christian Life and Sacred Heart – Ville Platte before falling to Westminister Christian.

St. John had a total of five players selected to the first-team. White Castle placed one player on the first-team.

Joining Theriot on the first-team from St. John were senior outfielder Jessie Brown, junior utility player Shelbi Strickland, junior first baseman Brooklyn Pearce and sophomore pitcher Keri Yarbrough. White Castle sophomore Skylar O'Bear was selected as a utility player.

The Lady Bulldogs, under coach Shelly Hudson, finished 4-15 overall and were 3-7 in district play.

Selected to the second team from St. John were junior outfielder Victoria Weaver, junior utility player Samantha Rivet, sophomore catcher Payton Passantino and freshmen third baseman Kyndal Guillory. White Castle sophomore pitcher Shylar O'Bear was also chosen to the second team.

Sophomore outfielder Carlee Smith was selected honorable mention from St. John.

Theriot posted a 15-5 record this season with a 1.96 ERA over 107 innings while striking out 103 and walking 46. The leadoff hitter also batted .576 with 44 RBIs, 19 doubles, three triples and four home runs.

Centerfielder Brown batted .402 with 47 RBIs, 36 runs, nine doubles, one triple, nine home runs and eight stolen bases. Shortstop Strickland batted .378 with 36 RBIs, 34 runs, 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs and six stolen bases.

Pearce hit .377 with 26 RBIs, 24 runs, five doubles and six home runs. Yarbrough was 4-0 with a 2.56 ERA while striking out 31 in 27 1/3 innings and walking nine. The second baseman also hit .344 with 22 runs, 16 RBIs, eight doubles and one home run.

Skylar O'Bear batted .727 with 22 runs and 15 RBIs. The shortstop also struck out 104 batters in the circle while walking 62.

Weaver hit .289 with 21 runs, 15 RBIs, four doubles, one home run and four stolen bases. Rivet hit .291 with 19 runs, 13 RBIs, three doubles, one triple and 12 stolen bases.

Passantino batted .301 with 18 RBIs, 10 doubles and one triple. Guillory hit .355 with 30 runs, 29 RBIs, 11 doubles, one home run and six stolen bases.

Shylar O'Bear batted .660 with 35 runs and seven RBIs. She also struck out 20 and walked 42 in the circle.