10-year baseball, softball projections

In this edition of the Strike Zone, staff writers Rodrick Anderson and Warren Arceneaux predict the stars of the upcoming decade of high school baseball and softball.

Which baseball player is most likely to make the next area all-decade team?

WA: Barbe sophomore Gavin Guidry, a two-way player who was doing damage at the plate and as a closer this year before the season was canceled. He could be in line to take over at shortstop for Davis Meche, who also did some closing before becoming an everyday starter in the field.

RA: Freshman Jake Brown could be the next big southpaw pitcher for the Sulphur Tors. In his first varsity start, he struck out 10 batters in four innings and struck out nine in five innings in a 1-0 win over Hahnville.

Which softball player is most likely to make the next area all-decade team?

WA: Halie Pappion of Barbe is a pitcher with power at the plate like former Bucs star Sara Corbello. Pappion helped the Bucs finish as Class 5A state runner-up last season and will have two more years to help Barbe win a championship.

RA: Sophomore Riley Dyson emerged as a dual threat for the Merryville Panthers, who ranked No. 2 in Class 1A before the season was cut short. In 12 games, she had 10 home runs, 33 RBIs and a .681 batting average plus a 1.92 earned run average and a 12-1 record in the circle.

Which baseball and softball coach is most likely to make the next area all-decade team?

WA: South Beauregard’s Jeremy Deville for baseball. The Golden Knights have been one of the area’s best programs, reaching three state championship games since 2016, including a state championship in 2017. Candyce Carter of Barbe for softball. The Bucs have already made one state tournament appearance under her leadership and have a great group of young players to build around in the next few years.

RA: First-year Merryville softball head coach David Vince had a young Panthers team rolling with a 12-1 record before the premature end to the 2020 season. Brady Carlson had coached the DeQuincy Tigers for more than a decade. DeQuincy has been a top-four seed the last three years. The Tigers were 10-1 before the 2020 season ended early, but it could be a sign of another big decade.Barbe’s Halie Pappion pitches during their playoff game at Barbe High School in Lake Charles, La., Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Rick Hickman/Lake Charles American Press)

Rick Hickman/American Press

Local News

Jeff Davis School Board approves one-time pay supplement

Crime

15-minute deliberation before Vernon man convicted of recruiting prostitutes

Crime

Kinder man convicted in double homicide

Crime

10/22: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

Local News

More than 500 vehicles expected at Last Resort car show

Local News

SW La. nightlife calendar: Here’s what’s happening

Local News

It’s Spooktacular: Coats for Kids kickoff Oct. 29

Crime

DeRidder man convicted of kidnapping will be resentenced on drug charges

high-school Football

Dragons return home to face Bolton

Local News

Happy Halloween: Your thrill guide to fall fests and all kinds of frightening fun

Local News

Katie Daniel: Favorite thing about teaching art is seeing imaginations on display

Local News

Parents given quarantine option in Jeff Davis

Local News

Calcasieu wants nearly $4 billion more in relief funds

Local News

Photo Gallery: McNeese Homecoming Parade

Business News

AT&T expanding footprint in Lake Charles

Business News

Metalplate Galvanizing asks Jeff Davis School Board for tax exemption

Local News

Monoclonal antibody community-based treatment sites open

Crime

Driver in Moss Bluff hit-and-run sought

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column:Some past history helps

Local News

Doctor: COVID cases improving, but region still at risk

Local News

Mayor: Laura left behind 300-400 condemned commercial buildings

Local News

Remaining animals will not be euthanized while shelter temporarily closed

Crime

Leesville man will be resentenced in robbery

Crime

Elton man accused of arson attempt