After going two years without making it to Alexandria's Bringhurst Field for the state tournament, the Hicks Pirates returned in 2010.

After going two years without making it to Alexandria's Bringhurst Field for the state tournament, the Hicks Pirates returned in 2010. And although they suffered a gut-wrenching loss at the hands of rival Grace Christian in the semifinals, the renaissance of the Pirate baseball program has come full circle. A total of six Hicks players were named first-team all-Vernon by the sports department of the Leesville Daily Leader, leading all schools in the parish. Rosepine, which collected a school-record 25 wins in 2010, landed five on the first team, including three with special recognition, while Pitkin, which reached the state quarterfinals, had four first-team picks. Simpson and Leesville each made the second round of the playoffs and had three players apiece named to the first team, while Hornbeck, which was ousted in the first round, had one first-team pick. Anacoco, which failed to reach the playoffs in its first season in Class 2A, rounded out the selections with two each. The Pirates, who finished with a 16-9 record in 2010, saw one of their six first-teamers win a special honor as seventh-grader Ty Williams was named the Newcomer of the Year. Williams was a key piece of the Hicks puzzle, as were the contributions of senior Seth Wellman, junior Caleb LaCaze, junior Ty Durbin, junior Zakk Rogerson and freshman Austin Wilson. Wellman, the co-Most Valuable Player of District 4-C and a first-team all-state selection by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, was a beast in the top third of the lineup for the Pirates. The all-parish first baseman batted .496 on the season with seven home runs and 45 RBIs. He increased his batting average to .706 in league play. LaCaze, one of the four pitchers on the all-parish squad, had a season record of 8-1 with a 2.80 earned run average, making first-team all-district, along with honorable mention all-state. LaCaze also played shortstop and batted .300 on the year with three homers and 18 RBIs. Durbin, who played all over the place for the Pirates, was a first-team all-district performer as a designated hitter. The southpaw was a pitcher for the Pirates, as well as a first baseman and right fielder. He batted .420 on the season and had three home runs and 27 RBIs. He made the all-parish team at utility. Rogerson, a centerfielder, was a first-team all-state pick and is one of three all-parish outfielders. He batted over .500 in district play, finishing the year at .461. He stole 26 bases and scored 42 runs, while also driving in 17 RBIs. Wilson, who played even more positions than Durbin for the Pirates, was named first-team all-parish at second base. He batted .438 with two home runs, 23 RBIs, 16 stolen bases and 31 runs scored. He was a first-team all-district pick at utility as he also caught, pitched and played shortstop. Wilson was an honorable mention all-stater as well. Of the five Eagles named to the team, three picked up special awards as senior Samuel Peterson was the Most Valuable Player, junior Brandon Russell was the Pitcher of the Year and senior outfielder John Mark Holliday was the Defensive Player of the Year. The remaining first-team all-parish picks were junior shortstop Klint White and junior pitcher/third baseman Randall Aycock. White had a solid season for the Eagles as he was chosen first-team all-district in 4-2A, along with being honorable mention all-state according to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. White batted .351 with four homers, 28 RBIs and 33 runs scored as he was first-team all-parish at shortstop, although he did catch several games when Peterson was on the bump. Aycock, the third pitcher for the Eagles and a member of the first-team all-parish pitching staff, went undefeated on the season when he was on the hill, going 6-0. He was a first-team all-district pick at utility and batted .394 in league play. Of Pitkin's four first-team all-parish selections, one was singled out for his stellar offensive play. Graduate Trevor West was named the Offensive Player of the Year on the team thanks to his incredible 13 home runs and 42 RBIs. The other three Pitkin first-team all-parish picks were outfielder Kendal Abel, utility pick Slade Deason and catcher Paul Willis. Abel, a two-time honorable mention all-state selection, batted .419 in district play, while also serving as one of the top pitchers on the squad as he helped lead the Tigers to the quarterfinals, before losing to eventual state champion Forest. Deason, a shortstop and pitcher for the Tigers, batted .429 in district play and was second on the team in home runs behind West. He was also an honorable mention all-state pick. Willis is one of two catchers named to the all-parish team. A two-time honorable mention all-state pick, Willis batted .407 in league play. Joining LaCaze and Aycock on the all-parish pitching staff were Leesville sophomore Adam Woods and Simpson senior Chance Moore, while Simpson junior Kyle Myers was the second catcher on the all-parish team. Woods helped lead Leesville to an upset win over Franklinton in the first round of the playoffs. Woods was a second-team all-district pick for the Wampus Cats. Moore guided Simpson to the second round of the playoffs, where the Broncos fell to Forest. Moore was a first-team all-district selection at pitcher as he was 3-1 in league play with a 2.79 ERA. Myers was responsible for a .303 batting average in district play and was an honorable mention all-state pick by the LSWA. Leesville junior Chad Parker rounds out the all-parish infield at third base. A first-team all-district pick at utility, Parker batted .375 with 14 RBIs in district play as the Wampus Cats reached the second round of the playoffs. Joining Rogerson and Abel in the all-parish outfield was Anacoco senior Josh Deon. Deon, a returning all-parish performer, batted .441 and scored 17 runs for the Indians, who reached the Class B state finals a year ago. Along with Deason and Durbin, the utility picks on the all-parish team were Leesville sophomore Zack Squyres, Simpson's Kyle Busby, Hornbeck freshman Matt Alford and Anacoco senior Kyle Hearn. Squyres, who pitched and played shortstop for the Wampus Cats, was a second-team all-district pick, while Busby had an incredible .514 batting average in league play for the Broncos as he was a first-team all-district choice. Alford batted .364 in his freshman year for the Hornets, helping lead them to the playoffs, while Hearn, an all-stater in Class B a year ago, repeated as an all-parish performer thanks to his .432 batting average. A total of 28 players were named honorable mention all parish, including the Rosepine trio of Austin Cox, Rustin Woodard and Justin Simmons; the Leesville group of Josh Kaiama, Brendan Hiatt and Colton Honeycutt; the Anacoco duo of Kyle Summitt and Kris Cooley; the Simpson quintet of Jared Parker, Lane Merriman, Hunter Stephens, Kevin Martin and Hunter Woodham; the Pitkin trio of Logan Johnson, Blane Perkins and Chris Jenkins; the Hornbeck group of Zack Staddon, Braley Browning, Allen Beaird, Justin Alford, Shannon Hale and Heath Smith; the Evans tandem of Scottie Biscamp and Andrew Blackmon; the Hicks trio of Mike Borders, Dustin Phillips and Anthony Gonzales; and Pickering's Cody Compton.