By Warren Arceneaux, Written for the LSWA
Sam Houston pitcher Baylee Corbello did not let a move up to Class 5A keep her from winning another championship. Barbe shortstop Gavin Cecchini finally won a championship of his own in his last attempt.
For leading their schools to title seasons, the pair have been named the Outstanding Players for the Class 5A softball and baseball teams.
Corbello, a junior, has led Sam Houston to state championship games in each of her three seasons in the circle. The Broncos won the Class 4A championship in 2011 and won the 5A championship this year. Corbello led the team with a 28-6 record, and won extra-inning games in the semifinal and championship game at the state tournament in Sulphur. Corbello had a 0.86 ERA abd hit .496 with 39 RBI.
Cecchini hit .413 with seven home runs, 32 RBI and 31 stolen bases to lead Barbe to its first state championship since 2008. His dad, Glenn Cecchini, is Coach of the Year, after leading the Bucs to a 33-6 record and its sixth state championship.
Billy Stears of Baton Rouge’s St. Joseph’s Academy is softball Coach of the Year. Stears has led the Redstickers to consecutive appearances in the state softball tournament. This year St. Joseph’s went 26-6 and lost to Sam Houston in the semfinals.
Joining Corbello on the softball team are pitchers Caroline Sagrera (26-6) of St. Joseph’s, Hannah Haydel (31-3) of state runner-up Hahnville and Sara Corbello (31-4) of Barbe. The catcher is Katie Browne (.534) of Zachary.
Infielders are first baseman Whitney Troxclair (.440) of St. Amant, second baseman Courtney Dutreix (.430) of Hahnville, shortstop Summer Melancon (.444) of Hahnville and third baseman Lauren Lambert (.441) of West Monroe.
In the outfield are East Ascension’s Bailey Landry (.489), Sam Houston’s Brooke Rozas (.398) and Denham Springs’ Natalie Landry (.415).
Live Oak’s Brooke Gonzales (17-6), Barbe’s Taylor Goree (.543), St. Amant’s Kasey Nielson (23-2), St. Joseph’s Morgan Miller (.406) and Haughton’s Shyanne McDowell (.400) are the utility players.
Joining Cecchini on the baseball team are Barbe teammates Bryce Kingsley (10-1) and infielder Kennon Fontenot (.413).
Other pitchers are Jesuit’s Emerson Gibbs (10-1), Rummel’s Mitchell Sewald (5-1) and Dutchtown’s Jacob Waguespack (8-2). Rounding out the infield are Hahnville’s Cody Farrell (.429) and Brother Martin’s Gregory Deichmann (.411). Acadiana’s Stryker Trahan (.384) is the catcher.
In the outfield are Captain Shreve’s Peyton Attaway (.447), Grace King’s Trent Giambrone (.565) and Byrd’s Richard Carthon (.420).
The utility players are Terrebonne’s Justin Williams (.519), Dutchtown’s Troy Lewis (.373), Zachary’s Jameson Fisher (.554), Denham Springs’ Kyle Cedotal (10-3) and Sam Houston’s Kameron Esthay (8-0).
LSWA CLASS 5A BASEBALL-SOFTBALL ALL-STATE CHARTS
Pos. Player School Class Avg.
P Caroline Sagrera St. Joseph’s Acad. Sr. 26-6
P Hannah Haydel Hahnville Sr. 31-3
P Baylee Corbello Sam Houston Jr. 28-6
P Sara Corbello Barbe Sr. 31-4
C Katie Browne Zachary Sr. .534
1B Whitney Troxclair St. Amant Sr. .440
2B Courtney Dutreix Hahnville Sr. .430
SS Summer Melancon Hahnville Sr. .444
3B Lauren Lambert West Monroe Jr. .441
OF Bailey Landry East Ascension Jr. .489
OF Natalie Landry Denham Springs Sr. .415
OF Brooke Rozas Sam Houston Sr. .398
UTL Brooke Gonzales Live Oak Sr. 17-6
UTL Taylor Goree Barbe Sr. .543
UTL Kasey Nielson St. Amant Jr. 23-2
UTL Morgan Miller St. Joseph’s Acad. Jr. .406
UTL Shyanne McDowell Haughton Sr. .400
OUTSTANDING PLAYER: Baylee Corbello, Sam Houston
COACH OF THE YEAR: Billy Stears, St. Joseph’s Academy
HONORABLE MENTION: SS Cheyenne Naquin, H.L. Bourgeois; P Katie Coquat, New Iberia; P-UTL Haley Hayden, West Monroe; P Katherine Lee, Ouachita; P Emily Vincent, Sulphur; C Ayme Barre, Hahnville; C Lakeyn Fontenot, Barbe; 1B Shelby Rome, Fontainebleau; SS-UTL Nicole Sanders, Pinevlle; SS Brooke Morris, Live Oak; SS Hayley Lavigne, St. Amant; 3B Chelsea Evans, Sam Houston; OF Maddie Pence Fontainebleau; OF Brittany Calbert, Barbe; UTL Regina Baxter, Mount Carmel; OF Jessica Moreau, Pineville; UTL Kristen Courville, St. Joseph’s; OF Kara Gremillion, St. Amant; SS Michelle Haydel, Destrehan; 1B Kim Conley, Archbishop Chapelle; 1B Kaitlin Duncan, Dominican; SS Chelsea Nette, Northshore.
Pos. Player School Class Avg.
P Bryce Kingsley Barbe Sr. 10-1
P Emerson Gibbs Jesuit Sr. 10-1
P Mitchell Sewald Arch. Rummel Sr. 5-1
P Jacob Waguespack Dutchtown Sr. 8-2
C Stryker Trahan Acadiana Sr. .384
IF Gavin Cecchini Barbe Sr. .413
IF Cody Farrell Hahnville Sr. .429
IF Gregory Deichmann Brother Martin So.
IF Kennon Fontenot Barbe So. .413
OF Peyton Attaway Captain Shreve Jr. .447
OF Trent Giambrone Grace King Sr. .565
OF Richard Carthon Byrd Sr. .420
UTL Justin Williams Terrebonne Jr. .519
UTL Troy Lewis Dutchtown Sr. .373
UTL Jameson Fisher Zachary Sr. .554
UTL Kyle Cedotal Denham Springs Sr. 10-3
UTL Kameron Esthay Sam Houston Jr. 8-0
OUTSTANDING PLAYER: Gavin Cecchini, Barbe
COACH OF THE YEAR: Glenn Cecchini, Barbe
HONORABLE MENTION: P Matt Sharp, Byrd; P Thomas Stanfield, Haughton; P Clayton Cline, Ruston; P Dawson Kennard, Walker; C Jordan Caillouet, Central Lafourche; Jace Cheramie, Central Lafourche; P Gabe Von Rosenberg, Zachary; P Adam Derouen, Lafayette; C Peter Pizarro, Byrd; C Dylan Meyers, Ponchatoula; Zach Dugas, Mandeville; 2B Daniel Midyett, Captain Shreve; UTL Chance Vincent, Acadiana; UTL Brenn Conrad, Lafayette; SS Taylor Love, Byrd; 3B Brett Babin, Central Lafourche; OF Cameron Charbonnet, Slidell; OF Rivers Frederick, Brother Martin; OF Chaz Boyer, Lafayette; UTL Adam Hines, Fontainebleau; UTL Paydon Lynch, Covington; SS Tanner Hebert, Zachary; UTL Evan Campbell, Sam Houston; P Taylor Butler, Barbe; 3B Hunter Guidry, Comeaux; SS B.J. Landry, New Iberia; P Jonathan Hess, Jesuit; P John Shaffer, Covington; C Connor Lorio, Hahnville; 1B Mikey Ford, Hahnville; SS Ray Veit, Rummel; OF Jacob Seward, Brother Martin; OF Dane Stubbs, St. Paul’s; OF Mason Nickens, Dutchtown; UTL Dylan Blanda, Ehret; UTL Evan Chacon, Grace King; UTL Chris Eades, Northshore; UTL Chase Hymel, Grace King; UTL Justin Sinibaldi, Rummel; OF Pierce Spangler, Ruston; UTL Garrett Douglas, Ouachita; OF Cade Stone, West Monroe; UTL Hunter Soileau, Pineville.