Eaves, Coleman named first-team all-state
LONGVILLE - It was an outstanding season for South Beauregard on both the softball and baseball diamond.
The Lady K's ran through the District 4-3A season undefeated and grabbed the No. 8 seed in the playoffs, falling in the state quarterfinals to the top-ranked Grant Lady Cougars.
The Golden Knights claimed the No. 2 seed in the Class 3A playoffs and reached the state quarterfinals before bowing out.
Junior Morgan Eaves and senior Britton Coleman were honored earlier this season by being selected as the Most Valuable Players on the BWS Sports all-Beauregard Parish teams.
And on Tuesday, they received recognition on the state level as Eaves and Coleman were named first-team all-state by a panel of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Eaves, a first baseman, had a record season for the Lady K's. She finished the year with a .505 batting average, collecting a total of 52 hits. Of those 52 hits, 40 went for extra bases, including 17 doubles, three triples and a school-record 20 home runs. Eaves, the 4-3A Most Valuable Player, drove in 66 RBIs, scored 47 runs and drew 26 walks.
Coleman was a first-team all-district performer for the Golden Knights. He went 10-1 on the mound this season, sporting a 1.70 earned run average with 87 strikeouts. At the plate, he batted .401 with 39 runs scored and 31 RBIs.
Eaves made the all-state team as an infielder, while Coleman was selected at utility.
Two other Golden Knights - Charles Keith and Rett Bowman - were named honorable mention all-state by the sportswriters. Both Keith and Bowman were first-team all-district performers in 4-3A.
Jena junior Tori Shirley and Sterlington's Parker Coley brought home Outstanding Player honors from the LSWA panel.
Shirley led the Lady Giants to their first state softball championship, batting .491 with nine homers and 52 RBIs. Shirley also had a .907 slugging percentage.
Coley, an LSU-Eunice signee, guided his team to a state title by batting .448 with nine homers and 54 RBIs. He also swiped 22 bases in 23 steal attempts.
Jena boss Sarah Roark and St. Louis skipper Matt Fontenot were chosen as Coaches of the Year. Roark guided the Lady Giants to the Class 3A crown, while Fontenot led the Saints to the Division II state title.