Wickersham, Klein lead parade of Elite Team stars

By Ron Brocato, Clarion Herald Sports

For LSU softball signee Shelby Wickersham and Delgado Community College’s new slugger, Stephen Klein, their senior seasons ended all too soon.

Wickersham, Mount Carmel’s most dominant pitcher since Meghan Patterson ruled the Cubs’ mound from 2008-10, had her stellar final campaign end in the state tournament’s Division I semifinal  game with a loss to district archrival Dominican.

Klein, who pitched and batted De La Salle to an outstanding 28-7 record, was eliminated from the Division II baseball competition in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

But two things the recently graduated athletes have in common are their selections as the best players in their respective sports and Most Valuable Players on the Clarion Herald’s Elite softball and baseball teams.

Wickersham was the winning pitcher in 16 of Mount Carmel’s 18 victories, against just five losses. She posted an earned run average of 1.08 while issuing 232 strikeouts. And she batted .304 when not humiliating opposing batters.

In her 2010 senior season at MCA, Patterson finished  with a 24-9 record, and she holds two Cub standards: low ERA of 0.34 and most strikeouts in a season, 451.

Like Patterson did, Wickersham will take the mound for the Lady Tigers.

De La Salle enjoyed its finest season in recent history in a very competitive district, joining football and basketball as premier sports at the school on “The Avenue.”

And Klein was a key factor in the Cavaliers’ rise. What he gave the Cavaliers was a productive player as a pitcher, first baseman and outfielder. 

Hitting from the No. 3 spot in the lineup, Klein had a sparkling .494 batting average. He scored 32 runs and knocked in 34.

The future Dolphin posted an 8-2 record and a 3.50 ERA on the mound as the Cavaliers won eight of nine district games.

The two earned all-state honors in their respective classes.

The 2018 season was void of a division championship for the top baseball and softball teams in Archdiocese of New Orleans schools. But the group was not short of outstanding individual performances.

One unique effort was put forth by Dominican’s softball team, which despite an unremarkable 12-18 record scored playoff victories over Byrd (15-0) and Mount Carmel (2-1). From there, Dominican finished the season as the Division I runner-up.

No softball or baseball coaches were selected for recognition on the Elite teams.


2016 Elite Boys’ Baseball Team

Pitcher    Cody Cook             De La Salle              Jr.

Pitcher    Christian Hess     Jesuit                         Sr.

Pitcher    Kaile Levatino     St. Charles Catholic So.

Catcher   Chris Collet         Holy Cross                  Sr.

Catcher    Jordan Jensen   St. Charles Catholic  Sr.

Infielder  Alex Wiltz           Holy Cross                  Sr.

Infielder  Collin Burns      De La Salle                  Sr.

Infielder   Will Spears       St. Augustine              Jr.

Infielder   Brady Faust     Brother Martin           Jr.

Outfielder Evan Francioni Abp. Rummel          Sr.

Outfielder Jacob Gaude     Abp. Hannan           Jr.

Outfielder Lloyd Nash       St. Charles Catholic Sr.

Utility     Jacob Sherer       St. Paul’s                  Sr.

Utility     Stephen Klein    De La Salle               Sr.

Utility    Reese Satterlee   Pope John Paul II   Sr.

MVP      Stephen Klein      De La Salle


2016 Elite Girls’ Softball Team

Pitcher   Shelby Wickersham     Mount Carmel         Sr.

Pitcher   Caroline Julien             St. Charles Catholic Sr.

Pitcher   Allie Hutton                 Abp. Hannan             Sr.

Catcher  Meghan Authement   Acad. of Our Lady     Sr.

Catcher  Gentry Spinks              Abp. Hannan             Fr.

Infielder Jordyn Perkins            Mount Carmel          Sr.

Infielder Alyssa Helwig              Dominican                So.

Infielder Riley De Laval             St. Scholastica           Sr.

Infielder Abby Alonzo                Mount Carmel          Sr.

Outfielder Kaitlyn Allen            Abp. Hannan             Sr.

Outfielder Kassi Cressonie       Acad. of Our Lady     Sr.

Outfielder Savannah Frieman St. Scholastica            Sr.

Utility       Jade Brady                St. Charles Catholic   Sr.

Utility       Cecilia Hunter          St. Scholastica            Sr.

Utility       Bela Brocato             Dominican                  Sr.

MVP         Shelby Wickersham Mount Carmel


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