MC Comeaux

Brusly pitcher Mary-Cathryn Comeaux was named the Gatorade Louisiana Softball Player of the Year.

State champion. The most outstanding player in the Class 3A state championship game. The Advocate’s female athlete of the year and softball athlete of the year and a host of other awards for Brusly pitcher Mary-Cathryn Comeaux.

You can add Gatorade Louisiana Softball Player of the Year to that list.

The news came last Thursday morning, which caught Comeaux by surprise.

“I was on a senior trip to Disneyworld with my family and they came in the room at 7 a.m. and jumped on the bed and I told me I had won,” she recalled. “I couldn’t believe I had won. I didn’t ever think I would win… I think it’s one of the biggest awards, I’ve ever gotten. It’s amazing.”

Comeaux helped lead the Lady Panthers to a 35-2 overall record and a Class 3A state championship. She is the first Brusly player to ever win the Gatorade honor. She finished the year with a 25-1 record with a 0.56 earned run average.

She allowed 57 hits with 288 strikeouts and only 14 walks in 163 innings with three no-hitters.

At the plate, she batted .500 with 17 doubles, 10 home runs, and 36 RBIs.

Winning the Louisiana honor allows the three-time first team all-state selection and Southeastern Louisiana University signee eligible to win Gatorade’s National Player of the Year award, which will be announced later in June.

Comeaux maintained a weighted 4.09 grade-point average in the classroom. She was a member of the student council and volunteered locally as part of fundraising campaigns to benefit cancer research and donated time as a youth softball coach.

“Mary-Cathryn is an extremely hard worker with great attention to detail,” Brusly coach Beau Bouvier, said in a news release. “She understands spins, counts and hitter placement. She is a competitor but has great composure at the plate and on the mound.”

As a part of Gatorade’s “Play it Forward” marketing campaign, Comeaux has the opportunity to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national youth sports organization of her choosing.

She is also eligible to submit an essay to win one of 12, $10,000 spotlight grants for the organization of choice, which will be announced throughout the year.

 

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