It’s not typical for a freshman to lead a playoff-caliber squad at the plate and become one of the cornerstones of an outfield.
It’s not typical for a freshman to be recognized as an All-State selection, either.
Morgan City High School freshman Shannon Theriot is not typical, because she did all three this year.
The MCHS freshman, who made multiple tough catches in the outfield and batted above .400 for the Lady Tigers this year, was named Class 4A honorable mention All-State on the Louisiana Sports’ Writers Association list, which was announced Tuesday.
“Shannon played a big part on the softball team as a freshman,” MCHS coach Kelly Jo Aucoin said. “She played outstanding (in the) outfield. Her batting, she came around for us big time. We were always able to count on her. She’s a great kid. (She is) a hard worker. She had a lot of great outstanding plays, and she was one of the backbones of the outfield.”
Theriot finished her freshman season with a .407 batting average as she connected on 37 hits in 91 at-bats. She recorded five triples, 16 RBI and stole six bases.
With such a lofty statewide honor as a freshman, Aucoin said she is eager to see what strides Theriot makes as she continues to mature as a softball player.
“(I) can’t wait to see it, because each time, she keeps getting better and better,” Aucoin said.
The top honors in Class 4A belong to Shellie Landry of St. Thomas More (Outstanding Player) and Kelly Kaiama-Goodwin of Leesville (Coach of the Year).
Landry, a left fielder, batted .586 with a .627 on-base percentage. She smacked 11 home runs, 22 doubles, 56 RBI and stole three bases.
Kaiama-Goodwin was named Coach of the Year after leading Leesville to its first state softball appearance where they fell to Teurlings, 7-6, in the state championship.
District 8-4A, the league in which Morgan City participates, had three representatives on the first team. Senior Leah Bergeron of Vandebilt Catholic made the squad as a pitcher, while junior Makelle Pena of Vandebilt Catholic made the squad at second base and sophomore Kyler Trosclair of Ellender made the elite squad as a utility selection. Bergeron finished the season with a 20-7 mark, while Pena and Trosclair batted .539 and .527, respectively.
Outfielder Carly Ellender of Vandebilt, pitcher Kristyn Torres of Assumption and third baseman Tayne Talbot of Assumption all were District 8-4A representatives on the honorable mention list.