LAFAYETTE – Alissa Dalton, Summer Ellyson and Kara Gremillion represented Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Softball on the 2018 All-Louisiana Collegiate Softball Team which was unveiled by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) on Saturday.
Dalton was named the state’s Newcomer of the Year and was joined on the first team by Ellyson. Gremillion, an honorable mention selection, received All-Louisiana recognition for the third straight season.
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. This is the 33rd year of All-Louisiana softball selections.
The 10th state Newcomer of the Year in the program’s history, Dalton was one the toughest in the nation to strikeout with just seven in 217 plate appearances and provided a strong glove at shortstop with only eight errors in 189 chances. Her 70 hits rank Top 60 nationally and she was the Ragin’ Cajuns top run producer.
Like Dalton, who also was an All-Sun Belt and All-NFCA Central Region honoree, Ellyson collected her third postseason accolade. A 20-game winner in her first season as a full-time starter, Ellyson (23-10, 1.53 ERA) ranked Top 30 in fewest hits allowed and wins and Top 40 in ERA and total strikeouts in the NCAA rankings on June 1.
Gremillion was once again a lockdown force at third base with a career-high 139 assists – second straight season with 100-plus assists. She finished second on the team with 15 multiple-hit games, leading her to a third consecutive campaign with at least 40 hits and second straight season with 50-plus hits.
The Ragin’ Cajuns (41-16, 21-6 Sun Belt) recently completed their first season under head coach Gerry Glasco’s guidance, earning the program’s 20th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and advancing to the championship game of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional.
Louisiana reached 40 wins for the 20th straight season and was ranked in both major national Top 25 polls the entire season.
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2018 All-Louisiana Collegiate Softball Team
P – Summer Ellyson (Louisiana)
P – Allie Walljasper (Louisiana State)
C – Moriah Strother (Nicholls)
1B – Morgan Catron (McNeese)
2B – Cayla Jones (Northwestern State)
3B – Erika Piancastelli (McNeese)
SS – Alissa Dalton (Louisiana)
OF – Anna Dunn (Centenary)
OF – Justyce McClain (McNeese)
OF – Morgan Turkoly (Louisiana Tech)
DP – Sloane Stewartson (Louisiana Tech)
UT – Kali Clement (Nicholls)
P – Carley Hoover (Louisiana State)
P – Megan Landry (Nicholls)
C – Kiara Suttles (Southern)
1B – Amanda Doyle (Louisiana State)
2B – Alexis Hagan (LSU-Alexandria)
3B – Mahalia Gibson (Southeastern Louisiana)
SS – Amanda Gianelloni (Nicholls)
OF – Aliyah Andrews (Louisiana State)
OF – Kasey Frederick (Nicholls)
OF – Emily Griggs (Louisiana State)
OF – Kimber Gruehl (LSU-Alexandria)
DP – Alexandria Saldivar (McNeese)
UT – Kimmie Atienza (Louisiana Tech)
P: Preslee Gallaway, Louisiana Tech
C: Lauren Rachal, LSU-Alexandria; Marilyn Rizzato, Louisiana Tech
1B: Mattie Stine, Louisiana College
3B: Kara Gremillion, Louisiana; Jewel Lara, Nicholls
OF: Maddie Edmonston, Southeastern La.; Kelsey Miller, Nicholls; Kinsey Nichols, Southeastern La.
DP: Jazmine Dukes, Southern
Hitter of the Year: Erika Piancastelli, McNeese
Pitcher of the Year: Allie Walljasper, LSU,
Newcomer of the Year: Alissa Dalton, Louisiana
Freshman of the Year: Cayla Jones, Northwestern State
Coach of the Year: Angel Santiago, Nicholls