Several locals are all-region players
Washington Parish was well-represented on the 2021 Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association All-Region 10 Team.
Six local players across seven positions made the squad with three from Franklinton, two from Mt. Hermon School and one from Pine.
Franklinton pitcher Jordan McKenzie, pitcher/utility Will Turner and utility Chase Penton made the team. Mt. Hermon’s players are infielder Kam Brumfield and outfielder Travell Brumfield. Pine had one player in pitcher Chase Cooper.
McKenzie was solid at the plate and on the mound this season.
On the hill, McKenzie went 8-3 and pitched to a 1.29 earned run average and an 0.87 WHIP. McKenzie allowed 11 earned runs on 24 hits with 91 strikeouts and 28 walks over 59-2/3 innings.
At the plate, McKenzie hit .430 with two home runs, 26 runs batted in and 42 runs scored. McKenzie doubled five times and he struck out just five times in 86 at bats.
Penton batted .385 with 11 RBIs with nine doubles and 40 runs scored.
Turner hit .352 with five doubles and 34 runs batted in.
On the mound, Turner posted a 6-2 record with a 2.32 ERA. Turner struck out 46 and walked 23 in 48-1/3 innings pitched.
McKenzie was the District 9-4A Most Valuable Player and a first-team all-district infielder.
Turner is a first-team all-district pitcher and Penton is a top-team utility player.
“Making the all region team is special because this is a very talented region,” Franklinton coach Jeff Tageant said. “These three guys have put the time and effort in and deserve all the recognition. I’m proud of these guys and their success.”
Switching to Mt. Hermon School, this season, Kam Brumfield hit .459 with three homers and 25 runs batted in.
Travell Brumfield posted a .471 batting average with two homers and 23 stolen bases.
Kam Brumfield is the District 8-B Most Valuable Player and a first-team all-district infielder.
Travell Brumfield is a first-team all-district outfielder.
“These are two special young men that have been key pieces to the success of our program the last couple years,” Mt. Hermon School coach Matt Sessions said. “They both have been young men that have worked hard to critique their craft, and the success they have had is well deserved. These are the kind of players that you can’t replace and it’s been nothing but a pleasure to coach these guys. I fully expect to see both of them continue playing at the next level, where I’m sure more great things are to come.”
At Pine, Cooper was solid this year.
On the mound, he went 6-2 with a 2.58 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP over 11 games and 10 starts. Cooper had a solid strikeout/walk ratio with 67 strikeouts and just six walks in 46 innings. Cooper allowed 45 hits this year.
At the plate, Cooper batted .340 with a.535 on base percentage and .426 slugging. Cooper drove in nine runs and scored 21 runs. He doubled four times this season.
Cooper is the District 9-2A Most Valuable Player and he is a first-team all-district pitcher.
“Chase deserves the honors he has received this season,” Pine coach Blake Dillon said. “He has worked really hard to get in great physical shape over the last couple years and that has contributed to his pitching success. Chase is able to throw three pitches for strikes in any count to keep batters off balance. Anytime a pitcher has over 60 strikeouts to six walks, he is doing a tremendous job of not throwing but really pitching. I am extremely excited to have Chase lead our pitching staff for one more year.”
Region 10 covers Washington Parish, Tangipahoa, St. Tammany (less non 5A select), Livingston (non 5A) and East Feliciana.