By DANIEL GREEN
DeRIDDER – It was quite a year on the diamond for the DeRidder Dragons and Lady Dragons.
Both teams won the District 4-4A title and both reached the state quarterfinals.
And as a result, it comes as no surprise that DeRidder has swept the top honors on the inaugural all-Beauregard Parish softball and baseball teams, as chosen by the staff of the West Central Louisiana Sportsline.
Senior pitcher Jamie Wentzel, whose season came to an end after a gutsy performance in the first round of the playoffs, was named the Player of the Year on the softball squad, while junior Devin Jones was named the boys’ Player of the Year.
Wentzel and Jones were both District 4-4A Most Valuable Players, sparking their respective teams to district titles. Wentzel, who tore her ACL in the first round of the playoffs, was one of six Lady Dragons named to the all-parish team, while Jones was one of six Dragons named to the squad.
DeRidder bosses Troy Gardner and Chad Menard won Coach of the Year honors for softball and baseball, respectively.
Teammates joining Wentzel on the all-parish team were Jessica Clay, Taylor Frost, Jade-Renee Zaunbrecher, Lanie Adams and Kylie Harlow. Clay, Frost, Zaunbrecher and Adams were all first-team all-district picks, while Harlow was a second-team all-district selection.
Joining Jones on the all-parish baseball team from DeRidder were all-star JoeMike Baldwin, J.J. Faciane, Jake Stuart, Brandon Hooper and Teddy Alexander. Baldwin, Faciane, Stuart and Hooper all won first-team all-district honors, while Alexander was second-team all-district.
The South Beauregard Lady K’s, which fell to top-ranked Brusly in the second round of the playoffs, landed four players on the all-parish team, as did Merryville. East Beauregard and Singer had one each on the softball team.
Allie Parker, Julia Courville, Heather Simmons and Holly Williams represent the Lady K’s on the all-parish team, while Morgan Verette, Summer Babin, Hannah Egan and Autumn Babin are the Merryville selections to the squad.
Singer’s Taylor Hollie and East Beauregard’s Clea Doucet round out the all-parish team.
South Beauregard had five players named to the all-parish baseball team, while Merryville added three. East Beauregard and Singer had one each.
All-stater Nathan Lee led the South Beauregard contingent on the squad, which also included Austin LeBleu, Nick Lee, Josh Hunt and Matt Trahan. Merryville’s Corey Cantrell and Nick Ardoin, both honorable mention all-staters, were on the all-parish team, along with teammate Drew Harrington.
Singer and East Beauregard were represented on the all-parish team by Alex Kerbow and Hunter Cooley, respectively.