The 2011 all-Vernon Parish softball team, which was selected by members of the sports department of the Leesville Daily Leader, may be the youngest of all-time.


The 2011 all-Vernon Parish softball team, which was selected by members of the sports department of the Leesville Daily Leader, may be the youngest of all-time.
Of the 20 players named first-team all-Vernon Parish, only three — Simpson’s Stephanie Averitt, Rosepine’s Elizabeth Davis and Hornbeck’s Nikki Manes — are seniors, meaning the other 17 players will be returning for 2012.
Averitt, a centerfielder who batted .612 with 19 stolen bases in District 5-B play, was named the Most Valuable Player on the team.
Davis and Manes, both outfielders for their respective teams, made first-team all-parish at outfield and utility, respectively.
The all-parish pitching staff is represented on the team by Pitkin junior Ali Merchant, Leesville junior McKenna Goodwin, Simpson sophomore Mackenzie Kelly and Anacoco sophomore Marci West.
Merchant, who went 10-0 in the circle during district play for the Lady Tigers, was named the Pitcher of the Year on the all-parish team as she led the way with 16 wins, while West, who led the Lady Indians to the playoffs, was chosen as the Offensive Player of the Year as she was a force to be reckoned with out of the leadoff spot, where she was responsible for 20 runs scored and a .578 batting average during the 12-game District 4-2A schedule.
Goodwin was the District 4-4A Co-Most Valuable Player as she guided the Lady Cats to the district title, while Kelly, who had 91 strikeouts this year, helped spark the Lady Broncos to a No. 3 seed in the playoffs and an appearance in the regionals.
Defensive Player of the Year Kristen Roshong and Simpson junior Taylor Ellzey were named to the all-Vernon team at catcher.
Roshong, a sophomore who was pretty handy with the bat as well, guided the Lady Tigers to a District 5-B championship en route to being named the league’s top player, while Ellzey, a fantastic defensive catcher, was the leading home run producer for the Lady Broncos.
The all-parish infield is comprised of Pitkin sophomore Hailee Anding, Leesville sophomore Chelsi Alexander, Anacoco sophomore D’Ambra Perkins and Rosepine junior Emerald DesJardins.
Anding, an all-stater for Pitkin as a freshman, was a first-team all-district pick at first base, while Perkins was a first-team all-district selection for the Lady Indians at third base, the same positions they garnered on the all-Vernon squad.
DesJardins, who returned to Rosepine this year after being away for a year, was named the District 4-2A shortstop unanimously and took that spot on the all-parish squad.
Alexander, an all-district performer for the Lady Cats as a utility selection, made the all-parish team at second base, one of five positions she played for Leesville this year.
Averitt and Davis are joined in the all-parish outfield by Leesville junior Ashley Hoecker.
Hoecker, who batted .423 for the Lady Cats this past season, was a first-team all-district choice as a centerfielder.
Manes was joined as an all-parish pick at utility by Hornbeck teammates Tori Prell and Andrea Garrett, along with the Faith Training duo of Emily Reese and Kylee Williams, Simpson freshman LeAnn Bennett and Rosepine sophomore Hannah Cardy.
Prell was the ace pitcher of the Hornbeck staff, while Garrett, primarily a shortstop, also pitched for the Lady Hornets.
Reese was 10-6 on the season for FTCA, helping guide the Lady Patriots to the state finals for a third straight season. Williams, a shortstop, provided solid defensive play, along with being a solid bat in the lineup.
Both Reese and Williams were all-state picks this year by the coaches of the Louisiana Christian School Athletic Association.
Bennett, the all-Vernon Parish Newcomer of the Year, proved to be lethal with the bat as she hit .518 in district play, while Cardy, a sophomore catcher for the Lady Eagles, batted .395 in District 4-2A play.
The Vernon Parish Coach of the Year designation falls on Hornbeck’s Colby Greer.
She helped guide the Lady Hornets to a second-place tie in district, along with an appearance in the second round of the playoffs, where they fell to Maurepas.