All-Southwest Small Schools: Frey, Fontenot walk off with top honors

A pair of two-way threats powered their schools to the state tournament and earned Most Outstanding Player honors on the American Press All-Southwest Louisiana baseball and softball teams.

Rosepine’s Ethan Frey is baseball’s top player after leading the Eagles to a second consecutive Class 2A state championship.

Kinder freshman pitcher Brianna Fontenot is the softball Most Outstanding Player after leading the Yellow Jackets back to the state tournament, where they lost in the semifinal round.

Those teams also produced the Coach of the Year winners, Rosepine’s Jeff Smith in baseball and Kinder’s Haley Landry claiming the softball honor.

Frey, a senior catcher/pitcher, led a prolific Rosepine offense by hitting .487 with 13 home runs, 64 RBIs and 28 runs scored. As a pitcher, he was 5-0 with two saves and a 0.77 ERA, with 43 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched. He was voted District 5-2A MVP and signed to play college baseball at LSU.

Fontenot was 19-2 with a 2.11 ERA and 175 strikeouts in 126 innings pitched. At the plate, she hit .518 with 19 home runs and 77 RBIs. She was District 5-2A MVP and allowed one run in four playoff games, throwing three consecutive shutouts before the Yellow Jackets lost to Port Barre 1-0 in the semifinal round.

Smith led the Eagles to a 34-2 record and successful defense of the Class 2A state championship. The titles are the only ones won by a Rosepine boys program. The Eagles finished the season with a 28-game winning streak. At the state tournament, Rosepine outscored its two opponents by a combined score of 25-0, winning both games via the five-inning, 10-run mercy rule.

Landry led the Yellow Jackets to a 31-6 record and a return trip to the state tournament. The Yellow Jackets won their three playoff games by a combined score of 34-0.

Joining Frey on the baseball team are teammates Braden Trull, Jake Smith, Grant Ducote and Logan Calcote.

A pair of infielders — Asia Richard and Cicily Hill join Fontenot — on the softball team from Kinder.

Small Schools

Baseball

Pos. Player, School Cl. Statistics

P Braden Trull, Rosepine Sr. 12-0, 0.85 ERA, 58 Ks / .469, 6 HR, 53 RBIs

P Devin David, Grand Lake Sr. 8-1, 0.30 ERA, 93 Ks, 49 IP

P Landon Schmitz, Kinder Jr. 8-3, 1.72 ERA, 105 Ks

P Cale Navarre, Welsh Sr. 1.40 ERA, 691/3 IP, 93 Ks

C Ethan Frey, Rosepine Sr. 5-0, 2 Svs, 0.77 ERA / .487, 13 HR, 64 RBIs

IF Jake Smith, Rosepine Jr. .461, 5 HR, 43 RBIs, 63 runs, 14 doubles, 2 triples

IF Grant Ducote, Rosepine Jr. .495, 3 HR, 47 RBIs, 53 runs, 14 doubles, 3 triples

IF Caleb Johnson, E. Beauregard So. .545, 5 HR, 30 runs, 22 RBIs, 20 SB, 8 doubles

IF Tate Hess, Singer Jr. .473 / 59 IP, 113 Ks, 0.71 ERA

OF Logan Calcote, Rosepine Sr. .466, 7 doubles, 30 RBIs, 54 runs

OF Griffin Cooley, Kinder Jr. .422, 3 HR, 27 RBIs, 18 SB / 5-1, 0.94 ERA

OF Brett Jinks, Fairview Jr. .535, 4 HR, 36 RBIs, 24 SB

UT Garrett Walker, Grand Lake Jr. 6-3, 1.30 ERA, 81 Ks, 58 IP / .361, 27 RBIs, 28 runs

UT Hunter Merritt, S. Cameron Jr. .589

UT Reese Ashworth, DeQuincy Jr. .427, 5 HR, 37 RBIs

UT Jason Gormanous, Elizabeth Sr. .494, 10 HR, 36 RBIs, 52 runs

UT Landon Vidrine, Oberlin Jr. 10-5, 2.75 ERA, 93 IP, 93 Ks

MVP — Ethan Frey, Rosepine

COACH OF THE YEAR — Jeff Smith, Rosepine

Softball

Pos. Player, School Cl. Statistics

P Bri Fontenot, Kinder Fr. 19-2, 175 Ks, 2.11 ERA / .518, 19 HR, 77 RBIs 

P Riley Dyson, Merryville Sr. 17-7, 191 Ks, 2.22 ERA, 126 IP / .583, 8 HR, 36 RBIs

P Addy Bonsall, Bell City Sr. 74 Ks, 2.42 ERA / .364, 25 RBIs, 35 runs

P Camryn Reeves, E. Beauregard So. .435

C Jenna Marler, Rosepine Jr. .513, 41 runs, 13 doubles, 4 HR, 23 SB, 36 RBIs

IF Baileigh Kellogg, DeQuincy Sr. .521, 32 RBIs

IF Cicily Hill, Kinder So. .470, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 27 RBIs

IF Asia Richard, Kinder Sr. .489, 9 doubles, 3 HR, 36 RBIs

IF Mary Wicke, Bell City Jr. .480, 5 HR

OF Shelby Deason, Rosepine Jr. .506, 28 runs, 12 doubles, 23 SB, 28 RBIs

OF Alli Manuel, Welsh Sr. .350, 8 HR, 27 RBIs, 5 SB

OF Kaylee Bradley, Oakdale Fr. .483

UT Kellie LeDoux, Grand Lake Sr. .438, 8 doubles, 8 triples, 7 HR, 44 RBIs, 38 runs

UT Rylee Cloud, Fairview Sr. .712, 12 HR, 40 RBIs

UT Gabby Lafferty, DeQuincy Jr. .477, 32 RBIs / 4.02 ERA, 143 Ks

UT Giselle Fuentes, Lacassine Sr. .500, 12 HR, 45 RBIs, 37 runs

UT Madelyn Nolen, Starks Fr. .375

MVP — Bri Fontenot, Kinder

COACH OF THE YEAR — Haley Landry, Kinder

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