The St. Mary’s baseball team was among the best in the LHSAA’s Class A this spring, and that was reflected when the Louisiana Sports Writers Association announced its All-State team on Saturday.
Senior pitcher and first baseman Patrick Vienne, the District 3-1A Most Valuable Player, and freshman outfielder Ethan Busby were first-team All-State selections.
Three Tiger infielders received honorable mention All-State recognition: junior Graeme Fidelak, at shortstop, and two freshmen, Nathan Slaughter (third base), and Payne Williams (a first baseman and pitcher).
The LSWA has picked all-state teams since 1958. Sports media representing regions around the state collect nominations of first-team all-district players from coaches, and meet electronically after the season to select the teams.
The Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association named Vienne, Fidelak and Williams to its Class A All-State team announced last week. Only dues-paying members of the LBCA may nominate.
Vienne, signed to play at national junior college champion LSU-Eunice, was 9-2 on the mound with a 2.78 earned run average while striking out 106 hitters in 61 1/3 innings. As a hitter, he batted .474 with 14 doubles, three triples and nine home runs.
The senior was selected to play in the LBCA All-Star Game, which included Class of 2021 players from teams in all classifications.
Busby batted .379 and was an excellent defender for the Tigers.
The Tigers finished 29-8, with a non-district resume that included wins over Class 4A St. Thomas More and Franklin Parish, a series win at another 4A toughie, Northwood of Shreveport, a triumph over 3A Westlake, and a win over 2A Many. St. Mary’s posted run-rule victories over every district opponent.
St. Mary’s earned the fourth seed in the Division IV playoffs and came within one inning of advancing through the quarterfinals to the state tournament, after Catholic-Pointe Coupee pushed across the decisive runs in the seventh and final inning of the third game in the quarterfinal playoff series last month.
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