Trosclair, Caillouet lead teams in united efforts

Central Lafourche's Jordan Caillouet was named the Most Valuable Player on the All-Region Baseball Team (Photo by File)

The common thread for E.D. White Catholic and Central Lafourche during the 2012 baseball season was unity.

The teams' united assertion towards a common goal led to district championships and postseason bids.

While the Trojans postseason lasted just one game, the Cardinals made a run to the Class 3A semifinals at the state tournament in Sulphur.

E.D. White, Central Lafourche, as well as District 8-4A champions, the South Terrebonne Gators, exemplified the best of high school baseball in our area and are well represented on The Courier/Daily Comet All-Region Baseball Team.

For guiding his team to the 3A semifinals, E.D. White coach Shane Troslcair was named the all-region coach of the year.

The Cardinals finished the season with a 25-10 record and shared the District 7-3A title with St. Charles Catholic.

In the playoffs, the Cardinals defeated West Feliciana, Eunice and St. Charles to advance to the state tournament for the second time in three years.

At the state tournament, E.D. White lost to the eventual state champions, North DeSoto, 2-1, in the semifinals.

While the season ended in disappointment, Trosclair said the success his team had was a reflection of the hard work by everyone connected to the program.

"I am still heartbroken," Trosclair said. "We knew we had a shot if we stayed healthy. It starts with great support and great players. Great players make for great teams, and I have a great assistant coaches, Those guys work harder than me sometimes. Also having the support of the administration is big and when you get the support of the parents, all those ingredients makes for something special.

"We play for God and we play for each other, and I am proud of them. We have a bunch of kids that work hard."

Just as united were the Central Lafourche Trojans.

The Trojans compiled a 20-11 overall record on their way to the District 7-5A championship.

Leading the way for Central Lafourche was Jordan Caillouet.

Caillouet put together a season few in the area could match and was named the Most Valuable Player on the all-region team.

Caillouet, who is the first-team catcher, finished the season with a .407 batting average, seven home runs, 10 doubles, a triple, 34 RBIs and 24 runs scored. He also pitched in relief, finishing with a 2-0 record, two saves and a 1.62 earned run average.

With a senior-laden team, Caillouet said the bond the players built throughout the season was a key to their success.

"I feel like we accomplished a lot, and as a group, we bonded this year more than any other year. We have been playing together for a few years, and it all came together," Caillouet said. "I think I had my best year. I learned to be patient at the plate and take walks. Before I would swing, instead of taking pitches. I just tried to pick out the best pitches to hit."

Trojans coach Scott Duplantis said Caillouet was just as valuable behind the plate as he was with the bat.

"It was one of those things where he could play anywhere, but he was such a difference-maker behind the plate," Duplantis said. "I can't tell you how many games, this year, that we won because he was behind the plate. He completely shut down running games. I can't count the number of things he did that would lead to getting outs. He was one of those guys that was fun to coach."

The All-Region team is comprised of area players on Louisiana High School Athletic Association teams and are based loosely on respective all-district teams.

The first-team pitching staff consisted Central Lafourche's Jace Cheramie, Thibodaux's Bo Ockman, South Terrebonne's Josh Trujillo and E.D. White's Scott Szush.

Cheramie finished his season with a 4-1 record, a save and a 0.96 ERA with 58 strikeouts.

In District 7-5A competition, Ockman has just a 2-3 record, but he posted a 1.52 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings pitched.

Trujillo helped the Gators win the District 8-4A title with a 5-0 record and a 1.92 ERA.

Szush compiled a 9-2 record with a 1.81 ERA to go with 69 strikeouts and started in E.D. White's semifinal game against North DeSoto.

The first-team infield consists of E.D. White's Alex Becnel at first base, Assumption's Hunter Gauthreaux at second base, Central Lafourche's Brett Babin at third base and South Terrebonne's Britt Pellegrin at shortstop.

Becnel was entrenched in the middle Cardinals. lineup with a .328 average, 12 doubles, 38 RBIs and 32 walks.

Gauthreaux put together a stellar season for the Mustangs and was a first-team all-district selection in District 8-4A.

Babin was the Trojans' lead-off hitter with a .416 average, six doubles, three triples and 16 RBIs.

Pellegrin was the Gators' top hitter with a .439 average, 27 RBIs, 35 runs scored and 20 steals.

The first-team outfield is made up of South Lafourche's Regan Dufrene, South Terrebonne's Matt Benoit, Thibodaux's Koby Mader and Houma Christian's Tyler Crochet.

Dufrene led the Tarpons with a .434 average, a home run, 11 doubles, three triples and a .675 slugging percentage.

Benoit was the Gators top outfielder with a .260 average and 12 RBIs.

Mader chased down fly balls for Thibodaux, while carrying a .366 batting average with nine RBIs and 13 runs scored in district games.

Crochet was Houma Christian's top player and was a first-team all-district selection in District 10-1A.

The utility players on the first team are E.D. White's Logan Barbera and Brett Duet, Central Lafourche's Stephen Potter, Terrebonne's Justin Williams and South Terrebonne's James Leblanc.

Barbera helped the Cardinals get to the semifinals with a .398 average to go with three home runs, 13 doubles, three triples and 37 RBIs. Duet was solid at the plate for E.D. White with a .379 average, three home runs, 24 RBIs and 38 runs scored.

Potter was tough on the mound for the Trojans, compiling a 5-5 record with a 1.94 ERA and 78 strikeouts.

Williams was the area's best hitter with a .519 average, eight home runs, nine doubles, two triples, 25 RBIs and a .637 on-base percentage.

Leblanc was another solid bat for the Gators with a .402 average, 31 RBIs and 17 steals.

The All-Bayou Region second team consists of pitchers Josh Bergeron (Vandebilt Catholic), John Mayeaux (E.D. White), Dakota Durks (Houma Christian) and Seth Cadiere (South Terrebonne); catcher Norry Galjour (South Lafourche); first base Evan Hebert (Central Lafourche); second base Austin Guin (Terrebonne); third base Scottie Sanders (E.D. White); shortstop Jordan Bergeron (Vandebilt); outfielders Trey Tramonte (Assumption), Beau Moore (H.L. Bourgeois), Tyler Falgoust (Thibodaux) and Cullen Bergeron (South Terrebonne); and utility players Zach Hebert (South Terrebonne), Chase Hawthorne (Vandebilt), Colby Callais (South Lafourche), Alex Martin (South Lafourche) and Connor Bates (Houma Christian).