Southern duo named to All-Louisiana Softball team
Southern University duo Kiara Suttles and Jazmine Dukes were named to the 2018 Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-Louisiana Collegiate Softball Teams.
Suttles was selected to the second team catcher. Dukes was an honorable mention.
A Louisiana Sports Writers Association panel of media and sports publicists selected the All-Louisiana team, based on statistics and performances through the teams' conference tournaments.
Suttles selection was Southern's first All-Louisiana player since second-team SS Shawntall Steamer in 2011.
Suttles ends her career with the Jaguars as an All-Louisiana and two-time All-SWAC Catcher, who led the nation in Home Runs Per Game, Runs Batted in Per Game, and Slugging Percentage in 2016. She holds Southern's career home run (37)(ranks 42 in the NCAA) and doubles (33). She holds the single-season home run record of 14 (2016). This season Suttles recorded, .365 batting average, 10 HR, 30 RBIs, and was selected to the All-SWAC first team. Suttles
Sophomore Jazmine Dukes led the team with a career-high .366 batting average., 16 stolen bases, doubles (5), and slugging percentage (.524).
McNeese senior Erika Piancastelli was named Hitter of the Year, while LSU senior Allie Walljasper earned Pitcher of the Year honors. Northwestern State second baseman Cayla Jones was tabbed the Louisiana Freshman of the Year, while UL Lafayette sophomore shortstop Alissa Dalton claimed Newcomer of the Year accolades. After helping Nicholls to the Southland regular season title, Colonel head coach Angel Santiago was selected Coach of the Year.
The All-Louisiana softball teams were chosen by the state's sports information directors and select media members. SID's were not allowed to vote for student-athletes from their institution.
2018 All-Louisiana Collegiate Teams
Hitter of the Year: Erika Piancastelli, McNeese
(Vote breakdown: Erika Piancastelli, McNeese, 18; Amanda Doyle, LSU, 1; Anna Dunn, Centenary, 1; Mattie Stine, Louisiana College, 1; Morgan Turkoly, Louisiana Tech, 1)
Pitcher of the Year: Allie Walljasper, LSU
(Vote breakdown: Allie Walljasper, LSU, 17; Summer Ellyson, UL Lafayette, 4; Megan Landry, Nicholls, 1)
Newcomer of the Year: Alissa Dalton, UL Lafayette
(Vote breakdown: Alissa Dalton, UL Lafayette, 16; Kali Clement, Nicholls, 5; Rebecca Skains, Southeastern Louisiana, 1)
Freshman of the Year: Cayla Jones, Northwestern State
(Vote breakdown: Cayla Jones, Northwestern State, 12; Jewel Lara, Nicholls, 6; Sloane Stewartson, Louisiana Tech, 4)
Coach of the Year: Angel Santiago, Nicholls
(Vote breakdown: Angel Santiago, Nicholls, 7; Gerry Glasco, UL Lafayette, 6; Rick Fremin, Southeastern Louisiana, 4; James Landreneau, McNeese, 4; Beth Torina, LSU)
Pos. – Name – School – Yr. – Hometown
P – Summer Ellyson – UL Lafayette – So. – Lafayette, La.
P – Allie Walljasper – LSU – Sr. – Manteca, Calif.
C – Moriah Strother – Nicholls – Sr. – Suwanee, Ga.
1B – Morgan Catron – McNeese – Sr. – Mineola, Texas
2B – Cayla Jones – Northwestern State – Fr. – Missouri City, Texas
3B – Erika Piancastelli – McNeese – Sr. – Carlsbad, Calif.
SS – Alissa Dalton – UL Lafayette – So. – Cypress, Texas
OF – Anna Dunn – Centenary – Sr. – Shreveport, La.
OF – Justyce McClain – McNeese – Jr. – Phoenix, Ariz.
OF – Morgan Turkoly – Louisian Tech – Jr. – Sanger, Texas
DP – Sloane Stewartson – Louisiana Tech – Fr. – Castle Pines, Colo.
UT – Kali Clement – Nicholls – Jr. – Thibodaux, La.
Pos. – Name – School – Yr. – Hometown
P – Carley Hoover – LSU – Sr. – Clemson, S.C.
P – Megan Landry – Nicholls – Jr. – Pierre Part, La.
C – Kiara Suttles – Southern – Sr. – Chattanooga, Tenn.
1B – Amanda Doyle – LSU – So. – Santa Clarita, Calif.
2B – Alexis Hagan – LSU Alexandria – So. – Leesville, La.
3B – Mahalia Gibson – Southeastern Louisiana – Sr. – Hattiesburg, Miss.
SS – Amanda Gianelloni – Nicholls – Jr. – Napoleonville, La.
OF – Aliyah Andrews – LSU – So. – Oldsmar, Fla.
OF – Kasey Frederick – Nicholls – Jr. – Bridge City, La.
OF – Emily Griggs – LSU – Sr. – Wichita, Kan.
OF – Kimber Gruehl – LSU Alexandria – Sr. – Lecompte, La.
DP – Alexandria Saldivar – McNeese – So. – Princeton, Texas
UT – Kimmie Atienza – Louisiana Tech – So. – Texarkana, Texas
P: Preslee Gallaway, Louisiana Tech.
C: Lauren Rachal, LSU Alexandria; Marilyn Rizzato, Louisiana Tech.
1B: Mattie Stine, Louisiana College.
3B: Kara Gremillion, UL Lafayette; Jewel Lara, Nicholls.
OF: Maddie Edmonston, Southeastern Louisiana; Kinsey Nichols, Southeastern Louisiana; Kelsey Miller, Nicholls.
DP: Jazmine Dukes, Southern.