MVP Vicknair tops All-Parish softball roster

Published 11:45 pm Friday, May 25, 2012

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RESERVE — Riverside and St. Charles Catholic have each made a second home in Sulphur, landing there for the state softball tournament yet again in 2011. The former finished as a state semifinalist and the latter a quarterfinalist and district champion.

Each of those teams are well represented on L’Observateur’s 2012 All-St. John Parish softball team, with nine combined players. Riverside boasts its MVP, pitcher Destin Vicknair, and its coach, Kristy Hebert.

Vicknair once again posted an ERA under 1, at 0.74. She struck out 230 batters and went 22-9 as a starter against a difficult schedule. At the plate, Vicknair hit .400 and drove in 31 runs, including a pair of home runs.

“She had a great season on the mound again. Her numbers were extremely strong … There’s nine losses, but when you consider who we went against, what she did becomes even more impressive,” said Hebert.

Coach Hebert earns the parish Coach of the Year honors after guiding her team to the Class 2A semifinals, where it came within four outs of advancing to the state championship game. Riverside finished 24-9.

They are joined by a trio of Rebels in Taylor Terrio, Toni Hebert and Katie Bailey.

Terrio was stellar all season for Riverside in centerfield and with her bat, leading the Rebels with a .526 average while stealing 21 bases. Right behind her in hitting proficiency was Hebert, who hit .489 and scored 28 runs. Bailey knocked in 29 runs and hit .438.

St. Charles, meanwhile, was paced by Chelsea Loupe, who hit .437 as the Comets’ three-hole hitter and had a 1.69 ERA as its ace pitcher.

She is joined by teammates Karli Terrio, Kati Duhe, Raven Becnel and Emily Triche.

Terrio hit .415 this season and got on base at a .524 clip. Duhe scored 28 runs and hit .422 as a spark at the top of the Comets’ order. Becnel was strong at catcher and scored 25 runs, while Triche scored 26 while holding down the shortstop position for the Comets.

West St. John endured a rebuilding season in 2012, but it didn’t stop the momentum of Rams’ junior Tajhanek Howard, who hit an eye-popping .638 to go with five home runs. She rounds out the 2012 team.