Triple Play: Reviewing best baseball Southwest La. had to offer

Warren Arceneaux
Rodrick Anderson

In this edition of the Triple Play, staff writers Rodrick Anderson and Warren Arceneaux discuss the small schools high school softball season and look ahead to 2022.

Which area team was most impressive?

RA: Rosepine. The Eagles got several clutch performances at the state tournament to give longtime head coach Jeff Smith his first state championship. Braden Trull’s pitched five innings of relief in the semifinals, catcher Ethan Frey switched to the mound in the final and pitched a complete game with 12 strikeouts, and Grant Ducote drove in the winning run in the Class 2A championship game.

WA: Grand Lake. The Hornets just missed a state title, losing to Oak Grove in the Class 1A state championship game. The Hornets used strong defense and the pitching of Devin David, Kade Massey and Garrett Walker.

Name a player who excelled.

RA: Kade Massey excelled as a dual-threat player in his final season for the Grand Lake Hornets. On the mound, he went 7-1 with a minuscule 0.47 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 30 innings. In the Hornets’ 6-0 win over LaSalle in the semifinals, he struck out 12 batters and pitched a one-hitter.

WA: Rosepine outfielder Grant Ducote hit .443 with 41 RBIs and 32 stolen bases.

Which team that didn’t make it to the state tournament this year likely will make the trip in 2022?

RA: DeQuincy. The Tigers were so close again to making the state tournament, losing to Loreauville in three games. DeQuincy has lost in the quarterfinals three of the last four seasons. While the Tigers lose several seniors, there are talented underclassmen returning in infielders Reese Ashworth and Gavin Gary and utility player Sammy Maddox.

WA: Kinder. The Yellow Jackets reached the quarterfinals with a young team. Returnees include pitcher Landon Schmitz and outfielder Luke LeBouef.

””American Press Triple Play

SportsPlus

Local News

Donation celebrated by Second Harvest, but volunteers are still needed

Local News

Grand Avenue Gym: DeQuincy landmark fading fast, group fighting to save it says

Local News

Beryl becomes major hurricane forecast to bring life-threatening conditions to Caribbean

life

Fourth of July festivities in Jennings will kick off with Stars and Stripes Festival

Local News

Ceremony held at Fort Johnson for deploying troops

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column:Don’t expect new candidates

life

SW La. nightlife calendar: There’s always something to do

life

USAF Band of the West making Lake Charles stop

high-school Sports

Upgrades planned for Jerry Simmons football stadium in Jennings

Crime

Lafayette teen charged in Ernest Street fatal shooting

Crime

6/28: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

Local News

Longhorns make quite a statement to the SEC

Local News

Bicyclist fatally struck after allegedly running stop sign

Local News

PHOTO GALLERY: Stitch Guillory sworn in as sheriff

Local News

Sheriff Guillory: ‘I am living MLK’s dream’

Local News

Supreme Court allows cities to enforce bans on homeless people sleeping outside

Local News

Work begins on new artificial reef off Cameron coast to provide habitat

Local News

Trump, Biden square off for the first time in the 2024 election season

Business

One step closer for Calcasieu Pass LNG project

Local News

Landry uses line-item veto against local organization

life

Lance Burton & Friends: Get ready for a magical experience

Crime

6/27: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

Local News

Zydeco in the Lake set to make a splash on Saturday

Local News

Supreme Court allows emergency abortions in Idaho for now in a limited ruling