By T. Scott Boatright
Once again during the 2022 Louisiana prep baseball season, the Choudrant Aggies have broken out the brooms.
After winning a second-straight state championship last month, the Aggies swept top honors on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class B All-State team.
CHS head coach Tony Antley, who officially retired as of season’s end, earned his second straight LSWA Class B Coach of the Year Award while Aggies junior Landon Hennen was named the Class B Most Valuable Player.
Choudrant’s Bryce McGuire also earned Class B First-Team accolades while the Aggies’ Kaden Bradshaw earned all-state honorable mention.
“It’s finally sinking in that this is it, so there is a little sadness mixed in with all of the excitement,” Antley said. “ But there’s also a lot of pure gratitude to so many people that helped create all of this success.”
Hennen went 8-1 on the mound with a 1.70 ERA while also batting .404 with 32 runs batted in.
McGuire, also a junior, also went 8-1 on the mound, posting a 0.88 EAR while batting .333 with 54 runs scored.
Antley said either of the Aggies’ all-staters could have been named MVP.
“Both are deserving,” Antley said. “We said all year long that those two are so much alike while still being so different. But both came up at critical times at certain points of the year.
“From big games that counted in power-point standings to Bryce coming in to pitch and winning the semifinal game when Landon struggled a little. Then Landon coming in and having to go the distance in a tough championship game because Bryce went over his pitch limit in the semifinal game.They did that all year long— they complemented each other. The season started with them pitching their own games, then down the stretch we started splitting them, and it just worked out really well for us with those two guys putting everything they had into it.”
Antley said the Aggies’ dynamic duo is much alike in personality, too.
“They’re both quiet leaders,” Antley said. “They just go out there and get it done. They get excited when the big plays happen. They’re the first ones to congratulate teammates when they come off the field on a big defensive play or a big hit. When we hit a home run, there’s nobody out there giving high-fives more than those two guys are.”
Antley admits the duo is a more than big part of the Aggies.
“They create the team,” Antley said. “All those kids did, but those two were the glue. “
And he knows those abilities are somewhat rare for juniors.
“You really want juniors to step up and become those type leaders, but so often it doesn’t happen. These two did it, but they didn’t step on the toes of our seniors. Our seniors invited them and other guys to be part of that leadership. We really were just one solid unit. And I hope it stays that way for years to come.”
Choudrant also placed a student athlete on the LSWA’s Class B All-State softball team with freshman Zoey Smith earning first-team honors after batting .548 with six home runs.
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