DENHAM SPRINGS – It’s the ultimate show of respect for a talented baseball player.
Not getting much of anything good to hit became a reoccurring theme for Denham Springs junior shortstop Cade Doughty, something he’s tried adjusting to during his high school career.
“As I’ve gone through high school my name kept getting out there,” Doughty said. “I’ve been getting a lot more curveballs and off-speed pitches and it’s really a challenge. I’ve gotten used to it. I usually get one pitch per at bat, and if I miss it, that’s it. It’s been different. It’s been a good adjustment and something I have to learn.”
Despite being pitched around more often than not Doughty, an LSU commitment, still managed to produce at a high rate in the heart of the DSHS lineup – so much so the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder was rewarded Friday with another selection to the first team Class 5A All-State team by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
“They were very super careful around him,” DSHS baseball coach Mark Carroll said. “He got their really good stuff and off-the-plate stuff. He did a good job of taking a lot of walks because they wouldn’t throw him good stuff.”
It was the second consecutive season Doughty earned the first-team honor.
“I’m just thankful I got the opportunity and thankful to be chosen again,” he said. “It means a lot.”
Doughty, who hit third in DSHS’ order, batted .327 with a homer, 8 doubles, 32 RBIs, 22 runs scored, 20 walks and 15 stolen bases.
Denham Springs (21-15) advanced to the Class 5A regional round, falling in a third and deciding game at Captain Shreve.
Doughty (3-0) helped keep the Yellow Jackets alive in that series with a Game 2 victory in his only start of the season. He had 8 saves as the team’s closer, striking out 37 in 27.1 innings and allowing only one earned run.
“It felt really good,” Doughty said of his pitching contributions. “I came out there as a closer and I just did my job and seal the win for us. It was fun being out on the mound, especially in the playoffs when I was able to start a game.”
LSU signee Cade Beloso of John Curtis was selected as the Class 5A team’s Player of the Year with a .489 average, 13 homers and 37 RBIs. John Curtis coach Jeff Curtis earned Coach of the Year honors for leading the Patriots to the Division I state championship.
Doughty headlined a strong District 4-5A presence on the All-State baseball team with pitcher Brant Husser (9-2) of Class 5A state champion Central, while state quarterfinalist Zachary placed two players on the first team – outfielder River Town (.410, 6 homers, 13 doubles, 31 RBIs, 15 stolen bases) and utility player Rhett Hebert (.446, 15 doubles, 28 RBIs, 30 stolen bases).
“They’re seniors that are both going off to play college baseball,” Zachary baseball coach Jacob Fisher said of Town, who is headed to LSU Eunice and Hebert to Southern. “I think their season showed why they’re going to play college baseball.”
Central also had an honorable mention choice in outfielder Sam Kenerson and Zachary had catcher Alex Milazzo and pitcher Nathan Keller.
Central catcher Raegan Willis (.417) was the district’s lone selection to the Class 5A All-State softball team, earning such distinction for the second straight season with Live Oak catcher Brett Leiva receiving honorable mention laurels.
Ouachita Parish’s Abby Allen was selected Player of the Year on the softball team and Hahnville’s Jerry Nugent the Coach of the Year.
LSWA CLASS 5A ALL-STATE TEAMS
Pos Player School Class Stats
P Will Ripoll John Curtis Sr. 10-0
P Ian Landreneau John Curtis Sr. 10-0
P Chance Stone Sulphur Sr. 10-2
P Brant Husser Central Sr. 9-2
C Jay Curtis John Curtis Sr. .394
IF Cade Beloso John Curtis Sr. .489
IF Antonio Gauthier Barbe Sr. .398
IF Cade Doughty Denham Springs Jr. .327
IF Hunter Tabb Acadiana Sr. .390
OF Connor Cooke Sulphur Sr. .393
OF Eric Williams Parkway Sr. .385
OF River Town Zachary Sr. .410
UTL CJ Willis Ruston Sr. .375
UTL Rhett Hebert Zachary Sr. .446
UTL Jacob Scherer St. Paul’s Jr. 8-3
UTL Austin Andrishok Catholic 6-1
UTL Hunter May Northshore Sr. .330
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: CADE BELOSO, JOHN CURTIS
COACH OF THE YEAR: JEFF CURTIS, JOHN CURTIS
Honorable mention: Christian Boudreaux, H.L. Bourgeois; Austin Labat, H.L. Bourgeois; Aaron Lee, Thibodaux; Drake Babin, Central Lafourche; Johnathan Potter, Central Lafourche; Mason Turner, Terrebonne; Noah Clement; Thibodaux; Braxston Lovell, Terrebonne; Carson Romero, New Iberia; Hadyn Stutes, Sulphur; Colton Frank, LaGrange; Christian Hess, Jesuit; Brett Sanchez, Northshore; Zack Smith, Covington; Will Spears, St. Augustine; Joe Delaney, Brother Martin; Will Moran, Jesuit; Chris Collet, Holy Cross; Jake Laws, Mandeville; Landon Marceaux, Destrehan; Issac Duplechain, Barbe; Jonathan Suggs, West Monroe; Jake Hammond, Ouachita; Kasten Furr, Ruston; Reid DuBois, Captain Shreve; Nick Heckman, Haughton; Stephen Smith, Captain Shreve; Haydan Helms, Natchitoches Central; Josh Fortunberry, Natchitoches Central; Brenton Thiels, Alexandria; Nathan Keller, Zachary; Silas Ardoin, Sam Houston; Brennan Lambert, Catholic; Alex Milazzo, Zachary; Dwayne Wright, Alexandria; Cam Bates, Pineville; Scott Jones, Sulphur; Bryson Connell, Airline; Blake Shapen, Evangel; Noah Gondran, Evangel; Brandon Riley, Ouachita; Hunter LeBlanc, Hahnville; Bryan Bergeron, Catholic; Sam Kenerson, Central; Chase DeJean, West Monroe; Brandon Babin, Central Lafourche; Mateo Beltran, Acadiana; Brandon Pope, Acadiana; Michael Lee, Hammond; Brent Williams, Hammond; Caleb Reese, Parkway; Jerry Couch, Airline; Julien Deleon, Byrd; Peyton Stoval, Haughton.
Pos Player School Class Stats
P Shelby Wickersham Mount Carmel Sr. 16-5
P Montana Young Northshore So. 22-6
P Allie Ellerbe Ouachita Sr. 28-2
P Jenny Griggers Sam Houston Jr. 30-4
C Abby Allen Ouachita So. .505
IF Bayleigh Baudoin Hahnville Jr. .543
IF Jordyn Perkins Mount Carmel Sr. .578
IF Alyssa Allen Ouachita Sr. .442
IF Taylor Tidwell St. Amant Sr. .598
OF Sierra Sacco John Curtis Fr. .520
OF Caroline Manzer Alexandria Sr. .459
OF Maddie Hayden West Monroe Fr. .472
UTL Briahna Bennett Alexandria Sr. 17-11
UTL Sydni Larriviere Acadiana Sr. .427
UTL Jordyn Manning Ouachita Jr. .435
UTL Raegan Willis Central Sr. .417
UTL Alyssa Dean John Curtis Sr. .443
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: ABBY ALLEN, OUACHITA
COACH OF THE YEAR: JERRY NUGENT, HAHNVILLE
Honorable mention: Lisa Wilson, H.L. Bourgeois; Bree Aguillard, Terrebonne; Abbie Bonvillain, Thibodaux; McKenzie Champagne, Central Lafourche; Julia Oubre, Ponchatoula; Sophia Nuzzolillo, Ponchatoula; Gabby Albi, Fontainebleau; Cameron Goodman, John Curtis; Anna Grace Magee, Mandeville; Bella Brocato, Dominican; Mallory Subervielle, Northshore; Abby Alonzo, Mt. Carmel; Danielle Duplay, Hahnville; Madison Cruz, Chapelle; Bri Neal, John Curtis; Madilyn Giglio, Mt. Carmel; Carli Judice, New Iberia; Jenna Comeaux, Comeaux; Grace O’Berry, Mandeville; Karly Taranto, Hahnville; Harlie Robinson, Ruston; Jordan Moon, Hammond; Alyssa Romano, St. Amant; Emily Danehower, Central; Raelin Chaffin, Airline; Kamryn Keller, Hahnville; Brett Leiva, Live Oak; Riley Duke, Southwood; Allie Amerson, Ponchatoula; Madyson Carruth, Alexandria; Georgia Manzer, Alexandria; Kacee Mertens, Pinville; Tiya Randle, Ouachita; Madelyn Fletcher, Ouachita; Addison Pullen, Ruston; Jordan Lafosse, Sam Houston; Jill Poullard, Sam Houston; Maddie Ennis, Airline; Makenzie Chaffin, Airline; Tally Turnbow, Evangel; Taylor Mayo, Evangel; Amberlyn Alfano, Mandeville; Gracie Trahan, Acadiana; Ty Robinson, Pineville; Chelsey Ryan, Ponchatoula; Ashlynn Blake, Natchitoches Central; Maddie Pourciaux, Sam Houston; Chrislyn Ryan, Sulphur; Jadyn Rumfellow, St. Amant; Adelle Chapman, Pineville; Cassidy Rhea, West Monroe; Gracie Devall, Sulphur; Chesni Jones, Sulphur; Kylie Bergeron, Barbe.