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Kinder's Zach Rider is surrounded by teammates after his homer tied the Class 2A playoff game. (Rick Hickman / American Press

Kinder's Zach Rider is surrounded by teammates after his homer tied the Class 2A playoff game. (Rick Hickman / American Press

Kinder ace pitcher voted 2A's Most Outstanding Player

Last Modified: Thursday, June 05, 2014 7:08 PM

By Troy LaFleur / American Press

Kinder capped a dream season in Sulphur last month when it won its second state championship of the school year.

After taking home the Class 2A state football title in December, the Yellow Jackets added the baseball state championship trophy to their case.

Their hard work was rewarded on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 2A all-state team with five selections, including the Outstanding Player honor.

Junior pitcher Zach Rider was voted Outstanding Player after a season that saw him go 8-0 from the mound as well as .465 at the plate with one home run and 28 RBIs. His lone home run came with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning against Menard in the quarterfinals. The run tied the score to keep the Yellow Jackets alive.

Rider is joined on the team by four teammates. The first is junior catcher Bryce Baker, who was responsible for the walk-off hit in that matchup with Menard, hit .422 with 32 RBIs.

Sophomore third baseman Welles Cooley (.432), who drove in the winning run of the state championship game, and junior shortstop Dylon Poncho (.427) made the team as infielders. Poncho led Kinder in home runs with four while driving in 36 runs.

Junior outfielder Don Charles Arceneaux was the final selection after batting .429 with 36 RBIs.

Rosepine contributed a pair of selections in junior pitcher Jesse Fruge (9-3) and senior utility player Chasen Partridge (.458).

Oakdale’s Nick Hulick was an honorable mention.

Coach of the Year honor went to Menard’s J.C. Holt, a former LSU star.

Three players from Southwest Louisiana found themselves on the softball side, led by DeQuincy senior shortstop Amanda Feith, who led the Tigers to the state quarterfinals where they were eliminated by Riverside. She hit .505.

Kinder’s Megan Trahan and Pickering’s Summer Atkins made it on the team as utility players after hitting .509 and .557, respectively.

DeQuincy’s Darci Bonin and the Rosepine trio of Lauryn McMahon, Morghan Latour and Lexi Pearce were honorable mentions.

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