CROWLEY – Although both Iota and Notre Dame benefited from solid defense and timely hitting in their run to the Fast Pitch 56 State Tournament this year, the one thing both teams sported was dominant pitching.
Iota’s Abigail Leonards and Notre Dame’s Mollie Stelly were equally impressive during the 2012 softball season with each posting some eye-popping statistics.
So it is no surprise that the duo shared the top honor on the 2012 Crowley Post-Signal All-Acadia Parish Softball team that was released today.
Leonards, a sophomore, went 18-6 on the mound and posted an earned run average of 1.09. She struck out 200 batters in 148 innings and walked just 15.
“Abigail had a really good start to her career last year, but this year, she really stepped it up a lot,” said Iota coach Louise Johnson, who earned the team’s other top honor by being named the squad’s Coach of the Year. “Her maturity and handling the pressure that was put on really showed - the pressure that was put on her when she fell behind in counts, pressure of any kind.
“I think most of that is attributed to just the fact that she is a hard worker and she believes in herself because she put the work in behind it.”
Leonards was equally as impressive at the plate where she hit .455 for the Lady Dogs with seven doubles, four triples and 22 RBI.
Stelly, also a sophomore, went 23-10 on the season with 11 shutouts. She struck out 233 batters in 188 innings and finished the year with an earned run average of 1.13.
“Mollie matured a lot this year,” said former Notre Dame softball coach Lauren Delahoussaye of Stelly, who split time on the mound with Amelia Lavergne as a freshman. “Last year she shared the mound a lot and this year she had to step up and take control of the game early on. There were very few times that she got rattled this year and you could just see that mentally, she was a little older and more experienced compared to last year.”
Johnson, who was the Lady Bulldogs assistant coach a year ago before taking over the head job this season, guided Iota to a 20-7 record on the season and a runnerup finish in District 5-2A.
The Lady Dogs went on to earn the No. 12 seed in the playoffs and they advanced to the Fast Pitch 56 State Tournament in Sulphur where they were defeated in the quarterfinals by Riverside .
Leonards and Stelly were two of five pitchers selected to the team. They are joined by Crowley High’s Olivia Boullion, Church Point’s McKenzi Dailey and Northside Christian’s Abigail Mouton.
Boullion was 8-10 on the season with a 3.90 earned run average. She struck out 104 batters in 121 innings and also hit .379 with two doubles, one triple, four home runs and 17 RBI.
Dailey went 6-6 with 51 strikeouts in 70 innings. Mouton’s stats were unavailable.
Iota’s McKenzie Armand made the team at catcher. The freshman hit .545 from the cleanup spot and had 10 doubles, five triples, one home run and 19 RBI.
The infield consists of Notre Dame’s Katherine Kirsch at first base, Crowley’s Heather Trahan at second, Notre Dame’s Taylor Boulet at third and Church Point’s Katie Barousse at shortstop.
Kirsch, led the Lady Pios in nearly every offensive category. The junior hit .447 on the year and a slugging percentage of .800 and an on base percentage of .523. She also had eight doubles, five triples, three home runs and 23 RBI.
Trahan, a junior, hit .356 with three doubles, two triples and five RBI from the leadoff spot.
Boulet, also a junior, hit .400 with nine doubles, four triples and 18 RBI. She struck out just four times on the year.
Barousse, a sophomore, hit .328 with seven doubles, five triples, two home runs and 19 RBI.
Notre Dame’s Alise LeBeouf and Taylor Satchell, both freshmen, each earned a spot in the outfield along with Church Point’s Hallie Lavergne.
LeBeouf hit .371 with five doubles, two triples and 17 RBI while Satchell hit .273 with 11 doubles, one triple and 21 RBI.
Lavergne, a senior, hit .432 with five doubles, two triples and 12 RBI.
The four utility spots went to Notre Dame’s Alexa Thibodeaux, Iota’s Gabbi Heinen, Northside Christian’s Zoie Hanagriff and Rayne’s Alex Peltier.
Thibodeaux hit .422 during her junior campaign and led the team with 35 runs driven in. She also had 11 doubles, five triples and two home runs.
Heinen, a shortstop/third baseman, hit .301 with four doubles, one triple and six RBI. The speedy leadoff hitter also stole 22 bases on the year. Peltier, a junior, hit .347 with 15 doubles, one triple and 17 RBI. Hanagriff’s stats were not available.
2012 All-Acadia Parish Softball Team
PMollie StellyNotre DameSoph.POlivia BoullionCrowley HighJr.
PMcKenzie DaileyChurch PointSoph.
1stKatherine KirschNotre Jr.
2ndHeather TrahanCrowley HighJr.
3rdTaylor BouletNotre DameJr.
SSKatie BarousseChurch PointSoph.
OFElise LeBeoufNotre DameFr.
OFTaylor SatchellNotre DameFr.
OFHallie LavergneChurch PointSr.
UTAlexa ThibodeauxNotre DameJr.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Louise Johnson, Iota
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Abigail Leonards, Iota
Mollie Stelly, Notre Dame
Honorable Mention: Iota’s April Sensat, Caroline Hebert, Rae-Leigh Johnson, Holly Guillory; Notre Dame’s Charlotte Brown, Allie Daigle, Hillary Stelly; Crowley’s Skylor Huval, Emily Boullion, Jessica Powell; Northside’s Brook Stanford, Sydney Breaux, Kallie Shingleton; Church Point’s Morgan Daigle, Carrie Bently, Shaina Alleman; Rayne’s Amanda Bourque, Hailey Habetz and Cecily Schexnyder.