By LaMar Gafford
There was no shortage of Central Louisiana talent on the Louisiana Softball Coaches Association's All-State teams for classes 1A and 2A.
Both All-State lists featured a combined 18 players from Cenla with eight on the Class 1A team and 10 on the 2A squad.
Class 1A runner-up LaSalle placed three on the 1A teams as infielders Kinsey Long, AnnaBeth Pitman and Sidni Laird nearly made up half of the seven player positions. St. Mary's followed suit with three players as junior pitcher Meredith Matt, junior infielder Ragan Hale and junior utility player Chloe Longlois were also honored.
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By Robin Fambrough
A sibling rivalry is one thing. But what Brooke Romano sees when she ponders facing her younger sister, St. Amant High pitcher Alyssa Romano, is something else entirely.
"My sister is the one pitcher I'm afraid to face," she said. "She moves all her pitches around so well and her changeup is a killer. It's a nightmare for a hitter. She's got that game face. The expression never changes. She's focused."
Plenty of other hitters understand exactly what Brooke Romano explained. As a junior, Alyssa Romano led St. Amant to its first LHSAA title since 2006. She struck out 191 batters, had a 1.34 earned run average and a 26-2 record. No longer the little sister or the young pitcher, Romano is all grown up and committed to Southeastern Louisiana University.
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