Jun 15, 2014 4:07 PM by ERIC NARCISSE
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Entering his final year of high school baseball, Chase Vallot's goals were quite simple and from the looks of what St. Thomas More was returning from the 2013 state runner-up team, very attainable.
Vallot merely wanted to cap his high school career by winning the Class 4A state championship and enjoy a better season than he did in any of the previous three campaigns.
Vallot achieved those goals and then some.
The Cougars rolled to the Class 4A state championship and Vallot played a key role batting .545 with 13 home runs, 15 doubles, one triple and 60 RBIs.
That stellar season has netted Vallot the Farm Bureau-Louisiana Sports Writers Association Mr. Baseball award given to the state's top player.
Previous winners of the Louisiana Farm Bureau/Louisiana Sports Writers Association's Mr. Baseball award:
1996: Joe Lawrence, Barbe
1997: Chucky Son, Parkview Baptist
1998: Aaron Lowe, Parkway
1999: Nick Bourgeois, Barbe
2000: Austin Nagle, Barbe
2001: Austin Nagle, Barbe/Jonathan Zeringue, E.D. White
2002: Greg Smith, Alexandria
2003: Matt Greenwich, Parkview Baptist
2004: Ben Soignier, West Monroe
2005: Beau Jones, Destrehan
2006: Forrest Moore, Parkview Baptist
2007: Carmen Angelini, Barbe
2008: Zack Von Rosenberg, Zachary
2009: Zack Von Rosenberg, Zachary
2010: Bryan Picou, Northlake Christian
2011: Aaron Nola, Catholic-Baton Rouge
2012: Gavin Cecchini, Barbe
2013: Jared Poche, Lutcher
2014: Chase Vallot, St. Thomas More